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The election was a referendum on Trump – and he lost

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09.11.2018

Commentary. The lesson to be drawn from the midterms would be that Trump needs a change in pace and style. So far, it doesn’t look like he’ll even try.

written by Guido Moltedo

Topic U.S. Politics

Also filed under commentary

November 9, 2018

“A new day in America”—this ​might well sound like a rhetorical cliché, especially in the mouth of an old school politician like Nancy Pelosi, but it is a fitting summary of what happened Tuesday in the midterm elections. America is turning the page. Trump wanted a referendum on himself—and he lost it.

The popular vote paints an even starker picture: the Democrats won by at least 7 percent, a much more decisive win than the number of seats gained in the House would indicate, given that the latter are the result of an electoral system set up to penalize the Democratic electorate.

In these new conditions, it will be much harder for The Donald to “be Trump.” Such a character as the current president of the United States has been able to constantly step over the limits placed on his role because he could rely on a subservient Congress, controlled by a party without any identity except for whatever was dictated to them by the Evangelical right and Trump’s rural electorate. But what will happen now?

The lesson to be drawn from the midterms would be that Trump needs a change in pace and style—but is the man even capable of adapting to the new circumstances and the new balance of power?

So far, it doesn’t look like he’ll even try—at least judging from his first tweet after the results, in which he threatened the new Democratic majority with retaliation........

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