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American Democrats are anxiously awaiting their next opportunity to retake control of the House of Representatives. With US president Donald Trump’s approval ratings at historic lows, doing so might seem like an easy feat. But now the Democrats have become their own worst enemy. In The Guardian, Boston-based social activist Pete Davis outlines the main issues currently separating the “liberal” and “left wing” branches of the Democratic Party and suggests how the two sides could transcend their differences.

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Pete Davis is a writer and civic reformer currently attending Harvard Law School.



Though united in opposition to US president Donald Trump, the American Democratic Party finds itself divided between “populists” or “left-wingers,” on one side, and “liberals” or “establishment” Democrats, on the other. Three main issues divide the two camps:

  • Loyalty – Liberals accuse left-wingers of lacking party loyalty, citing the 2016 primaries as an example. They claim left-wing candidate Bernie Sanders hurt the eventual nominee, Hillary Clinton, by staying in the primary race too long and not endorsing her zealously once she became the party nominee. But left...

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