Ex-Clinton adviser: Sanders, Clinton divide will haunt Dems for next decade
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A former adviser to President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonKentucky candidate takes heat for tweeting he'd like to use congressman for target practice Will Sessions let other 'McCabes' off the hook or restore faith in justice? Progressive group launches anti-Trump 'We the Constitution' campaign MORE says the Democratic Party will be haunted by divisions caused by the 2016 election for the next decade. 

Dick Morris, who advised Clinton during his time as Arkansas Governor and in the White House, said in an interview with John Catsimatidis that the Democratic party is divided between the ideologies of Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCynthia Nixon: 'Sometimes a little naiveté is exactly what is needed' George Clooney writes Parkland students: 'You make me proud of my country again' Lesson from special election: Run on Social Security, Medicare and lower drug prices MORE (I-Vt.) and former candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublicans invest nearly 0,000 in red Arizona district Al Franken: Sessions firing McCabe ‘is hypocrisy at its worst’ Papadopoulos encouraged by Trump campaign staffer to make contact with Russians: report MORE.

"The pro-Hillary bias of the [Democratic] committee basically subordinating economic issues to social issues is going to be the fissure that will divide the Democratic Party for the next decade," Morris said Sunday on the "Cats Roundtable."

Morris pointed to a divide between the party's champions of social policy and economic policy, suggesting that Clinton's focus on social issues alienated voters who identified with both Sanders and Trump for their economic concerns.


"The Democratic Party has always had a fundamental cleavage within it [between] those who made economic policy and those who made social policy their priority," Morris said. "Bill Clinton took away the party from the control of the social activists and made it about economics and the working class. Hillary Clinton took it away from the economic focus and made it a focus on social rights: LGBT rights, reproductive freedom … rather than the need for jobs and higher wages and more income equality."

"That cleavage fundamentally is mirrored in the Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton confrontation," Morris said. 

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) came under fire this week after former DNC interim chairwoman Donna Brazile spoke out about a fundraising agreement between the DNC and the Clinton campaign.

Morris, who became a fierce critic of Clinton during the 2016 election, recalled President Bill Clinton's shift toward economic issues under a Republican-majority Congress during his first term in office, which secured support from working-class Americans. 

"The voters are focused on economics," Morris said. "That's why Trump won the election." 

President Trump is aiming to make good on his pledges for economic revival, as Republicans are preparing to push their new comprehensive tax-reform plan, revealed last week, through Congress.