Originally posted November 6, 2020.
Democratic leadership, both electorally and geographically, must be worried. Democrats failed to unseat a single House incumbent, writes Stephan Miller in American Greatness. Instead, Republicans flipped several seats, five of which now belong to young Republican women.
There was also a massive demographic shift among the Latino community particularly in Florida and Texas. For example, in Zapata County in the Rio Grande Valley, Trump lost to Hillary Clinton by a margin of 65 percent to 32 percent. This election he won the same county 52-47. The Cuban Latino population is largely being credited with putting Florida in the win column for Trump. The President carried more of a minority and urban vote than any Republican since 1960, despite being called a racist almost every day by the media (another industry that has to do some soul searching). Trump increased his share with these communities by approximately five points.
If Joe Biden does manage to win the White House, Democrats by no means will have an electoral mandate, notes Mr. Miller.
It makes you wonder how President Trump would have fared in a year without a global pandemic, a year when he’d perhaps reined in his most Trumpian personality traits.
Neither a Sweeping Rebuke nor a Crashing Blue Wave
But what the election revealed is the path forward for the GOP: a mix of economic populism and nationalism, but this time without the tweets. The 2020 election was by no means a sweeping rebuke of Trump’s policies, as the media and pollsters has been telling us it would be, nor was it the crashing blue wave the Democrats wanted.
The Democratic Party is going to face more questions about its leadership and relationship with radical ideologies and policies, many of them driven by online activists and media-endorsed protest/riot movements, all of which were supported by a negligent media.
A Hamstrung President
Voters might be rid of Donald Trump, but Joe Biden will be “a hamstrung and moderated president.”
For Trump fans, what “better possible election outcome imaginable for the country.”
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