Everybody remembers where they were the night Donald Trump got elected 2 years ago. It was a historic moment in politics both for America and the world. Now, two years later, the President has survived his toughest political challenge yet – the midterm elections. The Republicans actually gained seats in the Senate, something which is unheard of for a ruling administration in the midterms but lost their majority in the House of Representatives.
The Senate is the ‘upper chamber’ of American national politics whilst the House of Representatives is the ‘lower chamber’. The Democrats victory in the lower house means they will gain control of several important committees, yet because the Republicans maintain control of the Senate any efforts they make to oust President Trump will be largely futile.
It is crucial that Trump secured his two Supreme Court nominations – Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh – before these midterm elections, because the conservative majority on the court will act as a safeguard if he decides to pursue his agenda through executive orders. If a district or federal judge blocks any of Trump’s orders, it will be the conservative majority on the Supreme Court which has the final say.
Meanwhile across the country, Republican Ted Cruz won his race against Beto O’Rourke in Texas, whilst Republican Steve King, a hard right figure, overcame a recent media storm and secured victory in Iowa. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a far left figure from New York State, seen as an insurgent within the Democrat party, won her race as well. Stacey Abrams, promoted by the mainstream media as possibly the first black woman in America to become a Governor, was easily beaten by her Republican rival Brian Kemp in the state of Georgia.
President Trump remarked on Twitter: ‘Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!’ Although he may regard increasing his party’s majority in the Senate a ‘success’, the loss of the House of Representatives almost certainly means his MAGA agenda will have no chance of success in any legislation put forward over the next 4 years. It’s easy to forget that many RINOs (Republicans in name only) still reside in both legislative houses, and have made his political life incredibly difficult since he announced his run for President back in 2015. If you add the Democrats on top of them as well, you can see how tricky his future years in office will be.
One of the takeaways of the midterms is the former Republican stronghold of Texas tipping further and further towards the Democrats. California went from Republican to Democrat after President Reagan’s illegal immigrant amnesty in 1986, and Texas’s demographics show the state will probably flip loyalty to the Democrats around the year 2024 when Trump’s successor is elected. The good news though is that the Republicans, despite voter fraud allegations, widespread organized crime and illegal immigration, are performing better than expected in Florida, something which will serve them well in 2 years’ time in the Presidential election.
Unexpectedly, after what is usually a 24 hour period of calm reflection following an election, actually turned into a political hot potato. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the man who idiotically recused himself from the Russia investigation led by Robert Mueller, thereby allowing the Democrats a free reign to fight Trump in several legal avenues, resigned. He was reportedly forced out by Trump himself, although this has yet to be confirmed. Jeff Sessions, despite previously displaying tough rhetoric, has largely been a disappointment during his term in office, and the MAGA movement will not be sorry to see him go. His temporary replacement, Matthew Whitaker, looks promising and has previously stated that Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump had gone too far. He seems to be a Trump loyalist, although whether he can survive the confirmation process remains to be seen. Judging by what Brett Kavanaugh had to endure, it will definitely be a tough road ahead.
It is fair to say that after 2 years of Republican rule, very little has been achieved, especially from any kind of nationalist perspective. Yes, the refugee numbers are dramatically down, and yes, the economy is doing very well, but the demographic time bomb is still ticking away, and nobody seems to be able to do anything about it. Trump’s great mistake was surrounding himself with Republican cucks and establishment types as soon as he was elected. The moment he did this, the MAGA agenda was over in any meaningful sense. He may have militarised the Mexican-American border, but that won’t stop the 1 million legal immigrants that pour in every year, nor will it stop the estimated 30 million illegals already living on American soil.
What could have been!