Friday, January 27, 2023

Trump Stopped the Red Wave by Damaging Republicans’ Reputation - New University

Before the 2022 midterm elections, many Republicans anticipated a “Red Wave.” The Cook Political Report had even forecasted a GOP gain of 12-25 seats in the House of Representatives, according to NBC News. Predictions for a Red Wave stemmed from factors including President Joe Biden’s dismal approval ratings and the country’s rapidly rising rate of inflation, peaking at 8.20% in September this year — compared with the annual inflation rate of 1.40% in 2020. Despite voter anxiety regarding Democrats’ ability to lower inflation, the Red Wave never happened.

Democrats maintained control of the Senate with Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s victory in Nevada, while Republicans took control of the House with an extremely slim majority, contrary to their predicted strong hold on the chamber. The strength of the Democratic Party amidst Biden’s low approval rate can be traced directly to Biden’s Republican rival, former President Donald Trump.

Trump single-handedly tarnished how Americans of every party perceive Republicans. His win in 2016 proved that an overwhelming number of people were willing to overlook his reputation of utter disrespect toward women, racist remarks, including calling Mexican immigrants “rapists,” and discrimination towards the LGBTQ+ community.

Nonetheless, Trump’s dreadful personality was seemingly self-contained back then, as his deceptive and prejudiced rhetoric did not yet have the time to take root among his fanbase and produce destructive ...

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