The US Midterm Elections: A Referendum on the Trump Regime?

Trump’s presidential victory in the US was a surprise for everyone: even for the man himself. But two years after the heated elections, has liberal America managed to gather momentum within the general public? Has it in fact recovered ground as a viable option for the people in resistance to the unpredictable government shamelessly turning more inward and spiteful?

The problem stems from the party political games played between the Democrats and the Republicans. The former, taking a more socialist and multicultural outlook, battles the established right-wing power, a bulwark for common-sense conservatism. Now that Trump has had the chance to follow through on some of his promises, his agenda has softened somewhat in that it has had to make necessary compromises in foreign and domestic policy, unbecoming of the mogul’s bombastic slogans still being waved about at rallies and speeches. All the while, critics of the government have kept a watchful eye in analysing the decisions made by the Republicans, who (proudly) hold all three branches of government – the presidential office, the legislature (the Senate and the House of Representatives), and, finally, and controversially, the Supreme Court.

There does seem to be hope for liberal America – winning over the House by gaining 24 additional seats around the country, thus creating a majority of 218 for the opposition party. Dozens of Republican strongholds are being vacated: open for the Democrats to make a move. Truly, a success for Obama and Bernie’s party could be a serious precursor for beginning the impeachment process. Russian involvement in American public life has never and will never, I feel, lose ground as a topic; it shall always be a phenomenon identified strongly with Trump, and the pressure will not easily die down.

There seems to be wide appeal for up-and-coming young minority and female candidates (for example, New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Native American Sharice Davids in Kansas) competing against staunch defenders of the Republican base. Evidence suggests that Midwest states are slowly turning blue. However, less than two weeks till 6 November, Election Day, polls are cautious in leaning heavily for the Democrats. Long strides still need to be made before liberals can make a true comeback in the legislative institutions, but the ball is rolling for the shining stars of the Democrats, and upsets are never out of the question, not in this era of change.

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