Donald Trump Is Having A Bad Day, And Other Good News From The US Midterms
Bad for Trump, good for everyone else.
Good news! The US midterm election didn’t quite deliver the “blue wave” predicted by some pundits, but it has delivered a pretty solid defeat to President Donald Trump, and a bunch of super exciting results across the country. Here’s everything you need to know about the US election results.
Donald Trump Loses Control Of The House
This is the big one. The Democrats needed to win 23 seats in order to take control of the House of Representatives, and they’ve definitely done that. There’s still a lot of counting to be done this evening, but Democrats might win as many as 35 seats, giving them a comfortable majority.
That’s very bad news for Donald Trump. It means he’ll need to work with Democrats if he wants to get anything through Congress. Theoretically, the Democrats will hold him in check, or Trump just won’t get anything done. Either way it’s a win.
It also means Democrats take control of a bunch of important committees, like the House Intelligence Committee, and the House Oversight Committee. They’ll have the power to conduct investigations into important issues, like whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, or wether Trump pays his taxes. They’ll even be able to subpoena information from Trump. Could get juicy.
Meanwhile, just as it became clear that the Republicans had lost control of the House, Donald Trump tweeted that the night had been a “tremendous success”. Uh, bro, you lost.
Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
But Republicans Hold The Senate
The Democrats only needed to win two seats to take control of the Senate, but it was always going to be an uphill battle. Only a third of the Senate (35 seats) were up for election tonight, and most of them were in Republican strongholds.
At the moment, it looks like the Republicans may actually pick up a few seats. That makes it much easier for them to do things like confirm Supreme Court nominees and Cabinet secretaries. But it doesn’t help them get laws passed, because they’ll still need to get past the House.
Homophobic Clerk Kim Davis Lost Her Job
Remember Kim Davis, the Republican county clerk who made headlines around the world in 2015 when she refused to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite the US Supreme Court ruling that marriage equality was the law of the land?
In the US, jobs like county clerk are decided by voters (which is a very bad idea, btw), and the good people of Kentucky have tossed her out. Sometimes Democracy works.
“It may not be a blue wave, it's a rainbow wave,” says CNN's Van Jones, describing what he sees as the beginning of a new Democratic party—“younger, browner, cooler, more women, more veterans…” #CNNElection https://t.co/ccgXYMNQFZ pic.twitter.com/o1Z6ImjviU
— CNN (@CNN) November 7, 2018
Some Other Nice Things That Happened In The Midterms
- For the first time ever, two Muslim women have been elected to the US Congress.
- Also, New York elected Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. At 29, she’s the youngest woman ever in Congress. And she’s a socialist.
- There was a lot of talk of a “female wave” in this election, and it just might come true. For the first time ever, there’ll probably be more than 100 women in Congress.
- For the first time, a Native American has elected to Congress. She’s an openly gay ex-MMA fighter.
- America has its first gay governor.
- In fact, the results have been described as a “rainbow wave” by CNN pundit Van Jones.
- Massachusetts passed a referendum to protect trans right.
- Florida banned greyhound racing and restored voting rights to ex-felons.
- A bunch of states passed laws that will make it easier for people to vote, which is good imo.
- There was record voter turnout, and that’s good for democracy. America, maybe you’re not completely broken after all.
We’ll keep updating this post as more results come in.