One ex-Democratic mayor just learned what it means to fall for anything when you stand for nothing.
On Tuesday’s election day, the country lit up blue, in a much needed win for the Democratic party following Trump’s election to the White House last November.
Smaller elections across the country Tuesday served as a marker for two main insights: some of the likely swings for the 2018 midterm elections, and a temperature of the country concerning their support for Donald Trump and politicians who agree with him.
While it’s nice to control the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court, Republicans know that since their party’s leader is in the White House, his actions reflect directly on everyone else. And Tuesday proved that his reflection is burying the GOP in losses, as those elected show a sharp contrast from Trump and his supporters.
One of the main victories of the night was Democrat Ralph Northam’s victory over Republican Ed Gillespie for Virginia governor. Gillespie is now the second major candidate who lost despite having Trump’s overwhelming endorsement.
.@EdWGillespie will totally turn around the high crime and poor economic performance of VA. MS-13 and crime will be gone. Vote today, ASAP!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2017
Trump’s response to Tuesday’s victory party for the Democrats was laughably predictable. He went right back to what he always does: talking about his own win in the White House, which was now over a year ago.
Congratulations to all of the ”DEPLORABLES” and the millions of people who gave us a MASSIVE (304-227) Electoral College landslide victory! pic.twitter.com/7ifv5gT7Ur
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2017
What’s Happening Now:
Everyone who stands with Trump had a rude awakening Tuesday night, and that includes Tom Coyne, an Ohio mayor who left the Democratic party in order to support Trump.
Coyne’s betrayal of his value system did not turn out well in the last round of elections, and he lost his seat to Independent Michael Gammella.
The people of Brook Park, Ohio decided they would literally rather have a candidate that doesn’t align with any party at all than one who can’t seem to decide which one he’s going to play for.
Since Coyne jumped political ships, he no longer has one to sail. Hopefully, Trump will be joining Coyne on that little cruise come November of 2020, hopefully after being beat by Joe Biden, but that’s besides the point.
Coyne’s loss of his seat just adds upon an ongoing dilemma within the Republican party concerning whether or not they should fully support Trump and his actions from the Oval Office.
Trump slid into his spot as a president by riding a specific base, one which many politicians would have to sell their souls to access. Trump has support from the lowest of the low, including white supremacists and Nazis, and as he revealed in the aftermath of Charlottesville, he isn’t entirely sure he wants to distance himself from that support.
The Republican party is extremely fractioned at the moment, and no matter which way candidates swing, to the middle or all the way to the right, the risk is enormous.
And Coyne just proved that his risk just wasn’t worth it.