Midterms – For the first time Muslim women elected to the US Congress
At this year's Midterms, so many women have run for political office in the US as never before. We introduce some of them.
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Page 1 – The future of the Democrats is female
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Now it's really the year of women in the US. Never before have so many women applied for a political office as before the Midterms. And more women than ever before will have political power in Washington: not all votes in a few races are still counted, but it is certain that out of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives, more than 90 are women. And more than 30 of them were newly elected.
That's good news for the Democrats, above all. It is their candidates who were successful on Tuesday. It is thanks to them and their constituents that the party was able to recapture the majority in the House of Representatives from the Republicans.
US President Donald Trump will have a harder time governing in the coming years as he is forced to work with a split congress. That will not change and reconcile the political climate in Washington and the deeply divided society overnight. Even though Nancy Pelosi, a minority leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, euphorically spoke on election night that "a new day will begin in America." But Trump has consistently shown in the two years of his presidency that he is focusing on division rather than reconciliation. He can not be expected to change that.
The polarization will not simply disappear after these congressional elections, the new day will not start immediately. But the Democratic Party, in opposition to Trump, should no longer list only its failings and impossibilities and rely on a not necessarily realistic impeachment procedure. That will not win them in a presidential election in 2020, regardless of whether the Republican candidate is named Trump or not.
A true alternative to the aging Republicans The road to a reconquest of the White House is led by Ayanna Pressley, Mickie Sherrill, Rashida Tlaib, Abigail Spanberger, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Pretty sure none of these names will stand on a presidential ticket for 2020, but it is some of the women who will shape the future of the party and who must be the future of the Democrats if they want a real counter-blueprint to a backward and self-aging Republican Be a party.
Ayanna Pressley is the first African American to join the House of Representatives for Massachusetts. Rashida Tlaib is one of two Muslim women who will be represented there in the future. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not yet 30 and has campaigned with extremely leftist ideas for American standards. Mickie Sherrill is a former helicopter pilot for the US Navy and will be in New Jersey for the first time as the first Democratic member of her district for more than ten years in Washington. And Abigail Spanberger struck her counterpart from the Tea Party in a district in Virginia that voted for Donald Trump in 2016.
According to the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics, 428 Democrats have been running in the congressional elections this year, compared with only 162 Republican women. 210 Democrats and 63 Republicans won their primaries and became candidates. Moreover, more women have never donated money, the Center for Responsive Politics writes that women donated more than $ 300 million to Democratic nominees, and Republicans received only $ 90 million.