Not quite Lexington and Concord, Hillary Clinton just picked up a musket and fired off what will be the first shot of a long-brewing civil war within the Democratic Party.

We knew this was coming. It all started when Hillary and then-Democratic National Committee head Debbie Wasserman Schultz colluded to ensure Bernie Sanders wouldn’t receive the Party’s presidential nomination in 2016. (RELATED: Top Democrat Says Election Was Rigged for Hillary.)

That was a clear-cut case of the Democrat establishment – personified most by Hillary and Bill Clinton – suppressing the will of grassroots Democrat supporters. But with Hillary defeated, and the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democrat Party represented most acutely by underdog congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, now might be a good time for Hillary and her allies to step aside and let a new generation take over. (RELATED: Delusional Democratic Socialist Ocasio-Cortez Doesn’t Understand Her Own Party’s Ideology.)

Too bad Hillary won’t go away quietly into that good night.

Instead, she’s endorsing candidates she views as safe and reliable. And she’s splitting the Democratic Party in the process. Similar to what former President Barack Obama did with his list of endorsements that excluded Ocasio-Cortez (RELATED: Obama, Hillary Both Refuse to Endorse Commie Cortez), Hillary has come out in support of a moderate Democrat Haley Stevens, who is running for Congress in Michigan’s 11th district.

Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders have endorsed Stevens’s opponent, Fayrouz Saad:

Saad is running on a more stridently progressive platform. And that’s really the divide here: how willing the candidate is to embrace full-blown socialism.

Hillary’s coterie of moderates questions whether America is ready to embrace the socialism of Bernie Sanders. The other side doesn’t question such a thing, because they think socialism is the only moral method of organizing society. Now those two viewpoints are clashing openly on the primary field, splitting the Democratic Party in two.

Begun, the Democrat civil war has.