At this point, it is becoming almost impossible to tell the difference between the political messaging of the neoliberal Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), which is an organization that is responsible for helping Democrats get elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and the political messaging of Donald Trump’s fascist Republican Party.
From encouraging Democrats to attack Bernie Sanders’s single-payer universal health care plan to using Republican taking points to attack a Democratic congressional candidate in Texas, it’s clear that the DCCC is more interested in sabotaging Democratic campaigns and progressive movements than doing anything to get Democrats elected.
However, as the progressive website Common Dreams has reported, the DCCC encouraged Democratic Members of Congress and Democratic congressional candidates to not advocate for gun control measures and offering “thoughts and prayers” in the aftermath of the Las Vegas concert massacre:
…the Huffington Post reported that last October, in the immediate wake of the Las Vegas shooting, the DCCC warned House candidates to steer clear of “politicizing” the massacre that killed 58 people and injured hundreds.
“You and your candidate will be understandably outraged and upset, as will your community. However, DO NOT POLITICIZE IT TODAY,” DCCC regional press secretary Evan Lukaske wrote to candidates in an email just after the shooting. “There will be time for politics and policy discussion, but any message today should be on offering thoughts/prayers for victims and their families, and thanking first responders who saved lives.”
The HuffPost report on the same subject can be found here.
It has become inherently clear that the DCCC is acting more like a organization aimed at sabotaging the Resistance than an organization designed to help Democrats get elected to Congress. The DCCC is openly trying to undermine progressive Democratic candidates and progressive movements, and they’ve also been caught pushing NRA-style talking points on gun control-related issues. Thoughts and prayers aren’t going to reduce gun violence in America; common-sense gun control measures like an assault weapons ban, closing the gun show loophole, and stronger background checks will reduce gun violence in this great country.