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Democrats In Debate Double Down On The Issue That Lost Them The 2016 Election

Democrats and Abortion
One of the most striking things about the Democratic presidential debates was what little difference there is in the positions of the candidates on the most important social and cultural issue that helped Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election; they are all rabidly in favor of taxpayer funded abortion and infanticide, a position that cost Hillary Clinton the votes of millions of Catholic voters in the top four 2016 battleground states.

Historically, Catholics have been marginal Democrats, swinging to the GOP for Ronald Reagan and other candidates who have wooed them on the cultural issues, however, President Trump soundly defeated Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College because he won the Catholic vote by a margin of 52 to 45 percent.

That is a big turnaround from 2008, when then-President Obama won 54 percent of the Catholic vote, while McCain took only 45 percent, and from 2012, when Obama won the Catholic vote by a margin of 52-48 percent. The 11-point swing in the Catholic vote from Romney in 2012 to Trump in 2016 was arguably the margin in the top four battleground states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida.

Democrats could look at the numbers and see that Trump won Wisconsin (where 31 percent identify as Catholic) by 22,177 votes; Pennsylvania (where 27.4 percent identify as Catholic) and Trump won by 67,416 votes; Florida (where 26 percent identify as Catholic) and Trump won by 134,000 votes, and Michigan (where 23 percent identify as Catholic) and Trump won by 10,704 votes. 

However, as New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan said, the Democrats have “slammed the door” on Catholics, our Faith, our Church, and our traditions. Democrats are so beholden to abortion industry giant Planned Parenthood and Far Left Hollywood celebrities and radical feminists that they are blind to the fact that their position on abortion alienates the country’s largest group of swing voters.

George Marlin, author of the book The American Catholic Voter: Two Hundred Years of Political Impact, pointed out in an August 16, 2016 opinion piece for Newsmax that practicing Catholics could make the difference in the Rust Belt battle ground states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. "If the Rust Belt states are closely contested in November," Marlin observed, "the one or two percent difference that practicing Catholics can make will determine which person will be sworn in as president on January 20, 2017."

George Marlin was right, but Hillary Clinton and the Democrats weren’t listening in 2016 and if anything, their advocacy during the recent debates of taxpayer funded infanticide and abortion to the moment of birth means that, for 2020, Democrats have doubled down in their attack on Catholic beliefs and values.

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Democrats making same mistakes as 2016

There also needs to be a little more investigation of where the Catholic Community stands on the issue of sanctuary cities and border control. The church as always been an open sanctuary with the worst being Pius 12 escorting Nazi war criminals out of Italy to South America. Catholic Relief received a lot of money from Obama to relocate illegals as did Lutheran npos also lined their pockets with taxpayer money.