The Trump Presidency has brought both hope and fear to Americans on both sides of the political aisle. The fear he brings to Democrats and the hope he brings to Republicans are obvious, but there are opposing feelings on both sides. He has brought hope to hundreds of thousands of Democrats who had trouble finding good jobs under President Obama. He has also brought fear among many Republicans who see his leadership style as unnecessarily confrontational with everyone, even his allies.
This is why President Trump controls the ballots even if he’s not on it. Democrats will vote against his agenda by trying to help their party win control of Capitol Hill. Republicans who normally wouldn’t vote in midterm elections are excited about proving the Democrats and mainstream media wrong once again.
It’s the former that is most confusing. It’s definitely understandable that Republicans would vote for other Republicans to support the President’s agenda (even if they don’t support the President himself) because there’s no tangible reason for them not to do so. But Democrats who have reaped the benefits of Republican control of the House, Senate, and White House may still vote Democrat despite their increased prosperity.
This makes no sense.
Democrats who are doing better now than they were two years ago (and that means most of them) should refocus their hatred towards President Trump. To vote against his policies during the midterm election is to vote against their own successes. They don’t need to openly admit it. They can continue to hate President Trump. But to push for gridlock that will harm the economy and reduce their own potential for increased fiscal success is ludicrous. Will they cut off their noses to spite their faces?
If they want to vote against a man they believe to be a fascist, racist, misogynist, or any other type of -ist, they should do so starting the day after the midterms. They should work their butts off to oppose President Trump in 2020. I didn’t vote for him in 2016 (no, I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton, either), but I’ll definitely be voting for him in 2020. Why? Because I’ve learned to tolerate his antics for the sake of the sound policies he’s enacted. They haven’t all been sound, but compared to his previous four predecessors, they’ve been downright splendid.
I’m not so foolish as to believe Democrats will quietly vote for Republicans in Congress in order to preserve their own prosperity. That requires admitting that they were wrong about the GOP’s ability to help them, and that is asking too much. However, Independents and even Trump-hating Republicans simply need to look at the economy, the jobs market, and the threats coming from south of the border to realize anything that jeopardizes the Republican majorities on Capitol Hill also jeopardize their own futures.
Like it or not, the policies are working. If Democrats take control of the House or Senate, these policies are in jeopardy.
If you want to continue opposing Trump, that’s fine. You have your reasons. But if you help Democrats take control of the House or Senate, you’re not hurting Trump alone. You’re also hurting yourself.