Rosie O'Donnell is encouraging women to form their own political party.
In a Twitter post on August 1, the outspoken comedian and talk show personality said that if Democrats fund candidates who oppose abortion rights, women should leave the party, reports the Daily Mail.
"WOMEN SHOULD FORM OUR OWN PARTY IF DEMS DO THIS," tweeted O'Donnell loudly.
Her message was in response to New Mexico Representative and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Lujan, who stated that Democrats would not hold back party funds from candidates who oppose abortion.
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Lujan said "there is not a litmus test" for Democratic candidates in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections. "As we look at candidates across the country, you need to make sure you have candidates that fit the district, that can win in these districts across America," he said in an interview with The Hill, published on July 31.
The opposition to such a "litmus test" has also been articulated by other influential members of the Democratic Party.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), and even Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) have said there's room on the Democratic ticket for candidates who oppose abortion rights.
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In addition, abortion rights were not mentioned on the party’s newly unveiled plan called "A Better Deal," which focuses primarily on economic issues instead of cultural ones.
Like O'Donnell, pro-choice organizations are in favor of having a "litmus test."
As Mitchell Stille of NARAL Pro-Choice America summarized:
Throwing weight behind anti-choice candidates is bad politics that will lead to worse policy. The idea that jettisoning this issue wins elections for Democrats is folly contradicted by all available data…. Anyone who actually thinks that Donald Trump and the GOP candidates won in 2016 because of their opposition to abortion rights is sorely mistaken. A small minority of voters vote strictly on an anti-choice platform. Those same voters just aren't going to vote for Democrats anyway -- they fundamentally disagree with just about everything Democrats stand for.
Leila McDowell, a spokeswoman for EMILY’s List, concurred. "Reproductive choice is fundamental to our platform," she told The Hill. "One of the most important financial decisions a woman makes is when and how to start a family. It's also why we recruit pro-choice Democratic women and work tirelessly to elect them -- because they stand up for that critical choice."
O'Donnell's tweets are often met with a counter-tweet from President Trump. She has been his primary nemesis since 2006, when she began making fun of him as co-host of "The View."
Trump typically responds by calling her bad names. On "Entertainment Tonight," he called her "a slob" with "a fat, ugly face," notes The New York Times. "We’re all a little chubby, but Rosie is just worse than most of us," he added. "But it’s not the chubbiness. Rosie is a very unattractive person, both inside and out."