For millions of Americans, Barack Obama and Joe Biden are still our leaders, no matter whether they no longer occupy the White House or not. The example that they set for how politics can proceed sticks with all those who want nothing to do with violent, Trump-style politics.
This past Tuesday was Election Day, and even though there were no real major national races, there were a number of important local races scattered across the country.
With an array of Tuesday wins across the country, Democrats finally got the victories they’ve been looking for in the time since Donald Trump was elected, and former Vice President Joe Biden posted to Twitter about this on Tuesday night.
Biden wrote, in part:
‘A resounding defeat tonight for President Trump. Voters around the country rejected the ugly politics we have seen this past year. Instead, they chose candidates who unite and inspire us.’
He went on to list some of those Democrats who won their races yesterday.
Among the most notable of the Democrats who won their races yesterday is Ralph Northam, who will be the next governor of Virginia.
President Trump personally campaigned for Northam’s opponent Ed Gillespie, but that wasn’t enough to save him from defeat.
Biden also pointed out newly elected Virginia state legislator Danica Roem, who besides being the first openly transgender person to serve in a state House also managed to beat out the author of a “bathroom bill” meant to force transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding with their birth sex.
Besides those mentioned by Biden, other Democrats also pulled off victories around the nation, including Democrat Philip Murphy, who won the race to replace outgoing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
The combination of Democratic wins across the nation is yet another indication of the fact that the majority of the United States is not on board with the president’s hostile rhetoric-driven politics.
Indeed, it’s worth noting that Donald Trump being president in the first place is effectively the result of an electoral fluke. Millions of more people voted for Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election; he simply won enough densely populated areas to finish with a majority in the electoral college.
What that goes to show you is that Trump-style politics never had that much of a hold on the majority of the population anyway. Few Americans presently approve of the job Trump is doing in office, making him the most unpopular president of modern America. No other modern commander-in-chief has had an approval rating that low at this point in their tenure.
The problem for Republicans is that not only is Trump uninterested in being the leader of every American, but he’s not even interested in leading his own party. He’s cemented himself as separate from the concerns of the GOP, leaving the party to fend for itself and reminding them that supporting the belligerent businessman’s run for the presidency in the first place was a bad idea.
You can see this in how he distanced himself from Republican Ed Gillespie who lost the Virginia gubernatorial race.
Twitter was unsurprisingly happy to hear from Biden, as you can see below.
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