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Yes, Democrats Had Huge Wins at the Polls – Here Are 11 Reasons to Celebrate That You May Not Even Know About

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It’s a Blue Wave and a Rainbow Wave and a Women’s Wave and More

There seem to be a lot of Democrats feeling glum, defeated, angry, upset, and betrayed after Tuesday night’s elections. I certainly was.

But there are a huge number of big wins that Democrats have every right and reason– and frankly, obligation –  to celebrate right now. It’s hard to see them when the national media is rarely focused on anything but Washington D.C., so let me share with you some huge accomplishments that we need to shout to the rooftops and build upon as we fight to place America back on course towards the union we believe in our hearts it should be.

Yes, there is a white nationalist (and probably a white supremacist) in the Oval Office. Yes, Florida (and probably Georgia) GOP voters once again proved just how racist they can be. And yes, Ted Cruz beat Beto O’Rourke.

But let’s start with that.

Beto O’Rourke is the first Democratic Senate candidate in Texas who almost won. He raised enough money to mount a presidential campaign. He embarrassed the heck out of Ted Cruz. And most importantly, he proved that Democrats in “red” states who stick to true Democratic principles, rather than being moderates, have a true chance at winning.

Now, more wins:

    • A record number of women, more than 100 – mostly Democrats – were elected to Congress Tuesday night. (94 Democrats and 16 Republicans total elected Tuesday to serve in the House and Senate.)
    • Over 100 LGBTQ candidates won federal, state, and local races, according to GLAAD, which is calling it a “rainbow wave.” The LGBTQ Victory Fund, which supports both Democratic and Republican candidates, currently lists LGBTQ candidates winning 8 federal, 86 state, and 34 local races.
    • Transgender rights were on the ballot and won in Massachusetts.
    • The first Native American women were elected to Congress. Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland, both Democrats, will serve in the House. Davids is a lesbian, making her the first openly-lesbian Congresswoman from Kansas.
    • The first Muslim women, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, were also elected to Congress. Again, both are Democrats.
    • New Hampshire elects its first openly-gay member of Congress. Democrat Chris Pappas will become Congressman Chris Pappas.
    • Minnesota elects its first openly-LGBTQ member of Congress: Democrat Angie Craig, a lesbian.
    • The first openly-gay man was elected governor. Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis will become Governor Jared Polis.
    • Texas, which is 40% Hispanic, finally elects its first Hispanic women to Congress. Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, both Democrats, are headed to D.C.
    • Both legislative chambers plus governorships in six states flipped from Republican to Democratic (Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico and New York.)
    • Democrats beat Republican Senators and Governors in the three states that gave Trump his electoral college win: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.

These are certainly not the only wins Democrats should be celebrating – what others should we include? Post them in the comments below!

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Watch: Trump Says He Will Be the ’47th President’ – Is He Skirting Federal Campaign Finance Law?

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In video posted Wednesday to Instagram Donald Trump appears to say he will be the “47th President,” which would indicate once again he has decided to run again.

That video (below) was also reported by the New York Post, which notes, “Trump hasn’t publicly said if he is planning to run for the White House again — but he has repeatedly teased a second campaign and has been holding rallies ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.”

The right wing PJ Media adds, “this might have been the ultimate Freudian slip,” and says it suggests a re-election campaign.

Trump has not officially announced he will run for several reasons, as Rolling Stone explained last October:

Trump very much seems like he is running for president in 2024, which according to campaign finance law should prohibit him from coordinating with super PACs like MAGAA, or his leadership PAC Save America, which together brought in north of $80 million in the first half of this year. Trump is able to coordinate with those PACs, though — and use their money to finance his travel, his campaign-style rallies, his God knows what else — because he hasn’t yet officially declared his candidacy. The former president is then, in essence, running what appears to be a shadow campaign designed to skirt campaign finance regulations while holding the still-distant race for the Republican nomination hostage.

“As long as Trump doesn’t explicitly announce he’s running for president,” Rolling Stone added, “he can essentially raise as much money as he wants from whomever he wants, and spend it unfettered by the restrictions or transparency requirements imposed upon actual candidates.”

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Whoopi Goldberg Destroys Bill Maher’s Anti-Mask Rant: ‘How Dare You Be So Flippant?’

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Whoopi Goldberg blasted HBO’s Bill Maher after the increasingly right-moving comedian declared he doesn’t want to live in pro-vaccine Americans’ “masked paranoid world” anymore.

On Monday’s “The View” Goldberg called Maher’s remarks “not really funny to people who have lost their kids” or “family members or dear friends to this,” she said, apparently meaning to COVID. (She obviously misspoke, saying the “vaccine.”)

Maher on his HBO show on Friday had said, “I don’t want to live in your paranoid world anymore, your masked paranoid world anymore, you know, you go out it’s silly now. You know you have your mask, you have to have a card, you have the booster, they scan your head like you’re a cashier and I’m a bunch of bananas. I’m not bananas you are.”

Goldberg continued, saying, “listen, nobody on the planet really wants to go through this, this is not something we’re doing because it’s, you know, sexually gratifying. This is what we’re doing to protect our families, and you don’t have to do it, but stay away from everybody. Because if you’re the one who’s not paying attention, and your confidence needs, you don’t want to then stay out of the public man. This is not, nobody wants this. I don’t want it. And I think he’s forgetting the people who are still at risk. who cannot get vaccinated. People who can’t get – little kids under the age of five. Yeah, well people with health conditions How dare you be so flippant, man?

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Backlash Grows Against McConnell as Viral Video Shows His Racist Remarks Deeming Black Voters Not Real Americans

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Many across the nation paying attention to the Senate’s doomed voting rights vote – failing 48-52 Wednesday night, thanks to two conservative Democrats and every single Republican – noticed GOP Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s post-vote remarks in which he essentially deemed Black voters not real Americans, or in a separate class as the rest of American voters.

Calling the “concern” about minority voters having less access to the ballot box “misplaced,” McConnell told reporters: “because if you look at the statistics, African-American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans.”

This clip garnered one million views in less than 12 hours:

There are clips from different sources, all of which flooded social media overnight.

The outrage has been palpable.

“Mitch McConnell didn’t say the quiet part out loud, people,” said political strategist Tom Watson. “He said the main plank of the Republican Party out loud.”

New York Times journalist and “1619 Project” creator Nikole Hannah-Jones:

NBC and MSNBC Legal Contributor Katie S. Phang noted: “After tonight’s vote, McConnell is just letting it all hang out.”

Sociologist and Brookings fellow Victor Ray: “McConnell saying “African Americans are voting at just a high of percentage as Americans” shows exactly why they are targeting voting rights and who he considers fully American.”

“McConnell did not misspeak,” said TV writer and producer Bryan Behar. “In one quote, he summarized the entire GOP worldview. They think it’s a White nation and anyone who isn’t White isn’t a true American.”


 

 

 

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