Progressive Groups Are Turning Against Dem Leaders Willing to Work With Trump

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.)
Sen. Chuck Schumer / AP
March 6, 2017

Liberal groups are turning against Democratic Party leaders who are willing to work with President Donald Trump.

One such organization, CREDO Action, is so upset over Democrats potentially comprising with the president that it is threatening to oppose them moving forward with more progressive candidates.

CREDO has said it will target Democratic leaders who have welcomed Trump and are willing to work with the new president after his election victory, the Associated Press reported Monday.

On its website, CREDO Action touts its roughly five million activists who "helped win historic victories for peace with Iran, real Net Neutrality, blocking the Keystone XL pipeline, Arctic offshore drilling and coal leasing on federal lands, raising the minimum wage, and blocking Wall Street cronies from political appointments."

Four days after Trump was elected president, CREDO emailed supporters calling for Democratic leaders to stand up and fight against Trump.

"Democratic leaders have been welcoming Trump. That's not acceptable. Democratic leaders need to stand up and fight. Now," the email read.

In recent weeks activists have formed several organizations threatening a primary challenge to Democratic lawmakers who "offer anything less than complete resistance to the Republican president," the AP reported.

Cenk Uygur, a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and founder of Justice Democrats, an organization that plans to "replace every establishment politician in Congress in 2018," spoke out on Democrats working with Trump.

"We are not interested in unity," Uygur told the AP. "We can't beat the Republicans unless we have good, honest, uncorrupted candidates."

One progressive PAC started by Sanders supporters, We Will Replace You, is urging Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) to remove Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) from his new role in party leadership. Manchin expressed openness to working with Trump and was present when the president overturned an Obama administration bill on regulating the cleanup of coal mining debris.

"At this moment of successive Trump crises, resistance rather than compromise is what the country needs,"said Ben Wikler of the liberal site

In the 2018 midterm elections, 33 Senate seats will be up for grabs, only eight of which are held by Republicans. The GOP currently holds a small majority in the chamber with 52 seats.