Why Ralph Northam’s Election is Not a Rebuke of Trump

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Ralph Northam pulls a win in a state even Hillary Clinton won.
(AP) Ralph Northam pulls a win in a state even Hillary Clinton won.
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The Democrats succeeded in a state where even Hillary Clinton won. Whoop-dee-do.

Perhaps the only thing more tiresome than having another pompus, grandstanding virtue-signaling Democratic Governor like Ralph Northamin the USA is the fact that the Democratic Party must now tout this as the greatest triumph since VE Day.

And, of course, the media is happy to oblige.

The New York Times released an article shortly after the race in Virginia was called, where the first line read:

“FAIRFAX, Va. — Voters delivered their first forceful rebuke of President Trump and his party on Tuesday night, with Democrats exploiting Mr. Trump’s deep unpopularity to capture the governorships in Virginia and New Jersey and make significant inroads into suburban communities that once favored the Republican Party.”

All of this is demonstrably false.

  1. Voters delivered their first forceful rebuke of President Trump…

There is no evidence of this. Actually, there is counter-evidence. Voters in Virginia, Republicans especially, did not feel like Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate for governor, was “in-line” with the President. This is true, because Gillespie was not a fan of Trump by any means, and refused to let him campaign for him.

  1. Democrats exploiting Mr. Trump’s deep unpopularity…

Again, Gillespie’s rejection of Trump is what motivated Trump voters to stay home. Why would they vote for an energetic, anti-establishment “drain the swamp” populist like Trump one year and party-insider, former lobbyist, vanilla Ed Gillespie the next? They wouldn’t – and, they didn’t.

Trump received 700,000 more votes than Gillespie did in Virginia, whereas Ralph Northam had 500,000 less votes than Clinton. This election doesn’t show the Democratic Party’s enthusiasm, it show’s everybody’s apathy for the two candidates involved.

In New Jersey, the only election was against awful Governor Chris Christie.

  1. …make significant inroads into suburban communities that once favored the Republican Party.

This is laughable. The New York Times didn’t even bother to look at the electoral map. Not a single county in Virginia flipped in color from last year to this election. All the blue counties remained blue, and all the red counties remained red.

But, facts aside, the Democratic Party made an appeal to divisiveness and fear – the opposite of “standing up to the divisive politics of this administration,” as the Dems like to say is what they do.

The negative ads on Gillespie were some of the sickest in American politics. They even depicted Republicans as Confederates mowing down children of color in a pickup truck.

The Democrats keep having to mire themselves deep into fear and hatred to even motivate their voters because they know that their base has severely radicalized.

Northam is pretty moderate, so it was a huge challenge to motivate the Democratic base with him. So, what they did was paint Gillespie as a Trump dog, which couldn’t be farther from the truth, and Republicans as racist-sexist-homophopic murderers.

Ralph Northam’s election wasn’t a referendum on Trump, it was a referendum on issue-based politics in favor of divisive fear-mongering politics.


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