Four Ways That Trump’s Election Victory is Good for Democrats
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Democrats across the country were shocked on Tuesday, Nov. 8 when Donald Trump beat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton to become the 45th President of the United States. Many voters have spent the weeks since the election mourning their loss, but is it really all bad? Here’s four ways the Democratic Party benefits from Trump’s upset victory.
1. It gives the Democratic Party a chance to start from scratch.
It is not often that a political party is given a blank check to rewrite who they are, but Democrats have been given that unique opportunity. With an outgoing president who is not planning to stay in a prominent position within the party, a presidential candidate who lost their election, an empty seat at the top of the Democratic National Committee (currently filled by an interim chairman), and an outgoing Senate Minority Leader, almost every major leadership role within the party is up for grabs. And if the election was any indication, there is much work to be done to repair the damage dealt during the primary.
2. Congress is willing to compromise and work together when necessary.
With reports that Russia interfered in our election followed by the President-elect nominating ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State, several prominent Republicans in Congress vowed to do everything they can to ensure that Tillerson is not confirmed by the Senate and as such never becomes Secretary of State. With Republicans holding only a two seat majority in the Senate, it would not take many defectors to pull this off. While Trump is likely to have the majority of his nominations make it through, this shows that Republicans in Congress are willing to work with Democrats when necessary.
3. People not normally interested in politics are paying attention, and will end up both more informed and more involved.
More than ever, people are reading the (real, factual) news and are tracking the President-elect’s transition every step of the way. Also more than ever, people are getting involved. They’re calling their Senators and telling them not to confirm Trump’s nominees. They’re protesting outside of Trump Tower in New York. They’re organizing
for action a march for the day after the Inauguration, which thousands of women are expected to show up to. Most importantly, they’re making plans to vote in 2018, 2020, and beyond.
4. Thousands of women across the nation are planning to run for office at all levels of government.
Clinton losing the election came as a slap in the face to many women, young and old alike, who had hoped to see the glass ceiling be shattered, as America elected their first female President. Now that people are beginning to accept the results and end the mourning phase that followed the loss, women across the country are contemplating and/or making plans to run for public office at all levels of government, from mayor to president. She Should Run, a non-partisan organization which helps women get elected to public office, has seen a dramatic uptick in both donations and inquiries about running for various positions; more than 4,500 women have contacted them from several different political parties and geographic locations, they say. Emily’s List, a PAC dedicated to helping women get elected, had raised $770,000 as of Dec. 9, 36 percent of which came from new donors, and they have also acknowledged an increasing interest in women running for office. Assuming that many of them will win their elections, this will help narrow the gap between the demographics of our population and that of our representative government officials.