While Republicans currently control every aspect of Congress, their political ads throughout this election cycle have revolved around fear mongering and utilizing lies to intensify the voter turnout from their base. As election day is upon us, we are bombarded by attack ads and partisan ploys to change the subject. In an effort to distract from the most important issues, Donald Trump has pushed several talking points to ensure the global consciousness remains focused on something other than the actual Republican policies that would be put forward should they hold the House and Senate, including massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Even the current first lady, Melania Trump, has gone out of her way to attack Democrats. In a recent Donald Trump fundraising email, Melania has used the term “fake news” in an effort to increase the generosity of Republican donors while also encouraging them to vote. This follows Melania’s recent trip to Africa where she racked up a nearly six-figure expenditure for a hotel that she never even stayed in. If there’s one thing the Trump family is good at, it is spending other people’s money.
While the Trump distractions are to be expected regardless of election season, Republicans are also going to extremes to increase their chances of being elected. Whether it is massive voter suppression in Georgia and North Dakota or racist dog whistling in the Florida gubernatorial race, no tactic is too low for a GOP member seeking a political victory.
Despite the massive voter suppression, FiveThirtyEight currently gives Democrats an 87.6% chance to win back the House, with a ten percent chance to pick up more than 59 seats. However, as is always the case, the only way we achieve the blue wave is if everyone votes on election day.
I’m a ceramic engineer living in Central New York, avid sports fan but find myself more interested in politics lately.