Top abortion activist could be in line to take command of the reeling Democratic Party
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The head of one of the nation’s most powerful abortion lobbying groups is considering a run to lead the Democratic National Committee as a female government outsider who can bring together the party establishment and more “progressive” factions in the wake of the devastating election loss last week.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue is the first woman to surface as a possible contender, according to U.S. News and World Report. A Democratic strategist told the news outlet the abortion leader knows how to build and “grow a brand” and energize the grassroots.
The NARAL executive was among countless Hillary Clinton supporters documented to be shedding tears on Election Night as the Democratic candidate’s defeat by Donald Trump became imminent.
Hogue and husband John Neffinger were photographed at Clinton campaign headquarters apparently viewing developing election results. Hogue was in tears, grimacing in anguish and Neffinger looking distraught as Trump’s historic upset over Clinton unfolded.
The DNC has been beset by controversy after WikiLeaks released some 20,000 hacked emails in July showing the Committee favoring and working to support Clinton over opponent Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary.
The exposure led to resignations of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, its communications director, CFO, and CEO.
Wasserman Schultz was replaced by interim Chair Donna Brazile, a longtime Clinton adviser who was found earlier this year while a CNN contributor to have leaked debate questions to Clinton’s campaign.
Hogue had told the Democratic National Convention in July that to preserve abortion “rights,” “We need Hillary Clinton.”
Her announcement that she’d had an abortion drew cheers at the Democratic Convention.
Hogue went on with a benign portrayal of abortion, saying she was “fortunate” to have had “compassionate” abortion care, and telling the Dem crowd, “It’s not as simple as bad girls get abortions and good girls have families.”
Hogue admitted in a NARAL promotional abortion video earlier this year that her abortion was one of convenience because her birth control failed, she didn’t conceive the child with the person she wanted to be with for the rest of her life, they weren’t financially secure, and “we both had dreams” they wanted to go on and achieve.
In the days after the Trump win, Hogue submitted an op-ed for Cosmopolitan magazine in which she stressed advocacy and organizing, calling for readers to join forces with the abortion lobby group.
Hogue took a shot in the women’s publication at Trump’s campaign promise to protect religious liberty by claiming that government funding was necessary for women to have access to birth control.
Hogue said, “We know that when Trump goes after the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act, he is going after not just our pills or our IUDs but after our independence and our ability to control our future.”
The abortion lobby exec faces several Democratic competitors for DNC chair after Trump’s surprise triumph over Clinton. So far, there are official announcements from Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, former Vermont governor and DNC Chairman Howard Dean, and South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison. The field is expected to grow.
Hogue has apparently begun lobbying for the DNC slot, jumping on the media and liberal activist bandwagon of bashing Trump’s choice of chief strategist and senior counselor, Breitbart News founder Steve Bannon, as a white nationalist, racist and anti-Semite.
"If anyone had any question about whether Donald Trump's racist and misogynistic statements during the campaign were just for 'entertainment value,' his appointment of Steve Bannon as a top adviser in his administration should put those right to rest,” she said in a statement. “Bannon is the godfather of the white nationalist alt-right movement, which places a belief in a 'natural hierarchy' at the center of its values – where men are better than women, where white evangelicals are better than everyone else."
Visitors to the NARAL Pro-Choice America’s website since the election first encounter a fundraising pitch before entering the site that says NARAL’s pro-abortion mission is as urgent as ever, stating that Trump’s vision for the country, policies, and people with whom he has surrounded himself “are a clear and present danger to women, our bodies, our health and our freedom.”