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Tea party parallel? Liberals taking aim at their own party

By on March 4, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. — There’s a national surge of anti-Donald Trump protests, boycotts and actions. But liberals are taking aim at a different target —their own party.

Over the past few weeks, activists have formed a number of organizations threatening to run a primary opponent against any Democratic incumbent who offers anything less than complete resistance to the president.

In this Jan. 31, 2017 file photo, demonstrators call out Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y. during a protest in his Brooklyn neighborhood in New York. Emboldened by a wave of outrage against President Donald Trump, groups of liberal activists are targeting Democratic incumbents they consider too accommodating to the new administration. Their efforts could make life awfully uncomfortable for a party dreaming of an electoral come-back next year. (Kathy Willens, File/AP)

In this Jan. 31, 2017 file photo, demonstrators call out Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y. during a protest in his Brooklyn neighborhood in New York. (Kathy Willens, File/AP)

Party leaders want Democrats to keep their attacks focused on Trump. But the liberal grass roots see the fresh wave of opposition energy as a chance to push their party to the left and wrest power from Democratic stalwarts.

It’s reminiscent of the tea party movement, where conservative activists defeated some centrist Republican incumbents.

Democratic officials from more conservative states worry those internal challenges will result in the party holding even less power in Washington.

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