Two related news stories offered activists hope yesterday that the tide against the Trump nightmare was turning.
1–Brandon DeFrain, chair of the Michigan Republican party, announced his resignation and has apparently left the Republican party altogether. DeFrain said in a Facebook post that he could “no longer remain silent” on Trump. “I have not seen a leader, I’ve only seen more of the same.” He also said he was “tired of attempting to defend a machine that does not defend the people I love,” and cited an increase in racism as one of his concerns. Michigan was vital to Trump’s win in 2016.
2–In a special election for the state legislature in Florida, Democrat Margaret Good beat Libertarian Alison Foxall and Republican James Buchanan, winning by an eight point margin. The district went for Trump by five points in 2016, and Republicans outnumber Democrats by 13,000 voters. According to the Daily Beast, her victory was the 36th Democratic flip since Trump’s inauguration.
Both stories illustrate, from two different vantage points, a growing sense of betrayal and a backlash against the Trump presidency. Unless Trump can somehow get a personality transplant, or unless the GOP can somehow get rid of him, it seems that his historically negative approval ratings are solidifying in a way that will hurt their party in the midterms. With lies, scandals, and embarrassments hitting the news on an almost daily basis, it’s hard to imagine anyone left in America who doesn’t have strong feelings about Trump–and the majority of those feelings appear to be negative.
The Trump-vileness headwind will be a challenge for Republicans going into the midterms but they will receive a ton of money from their plutocrat owners, and they still have a very effective and long-standing political apparatus in place in most states. However all that money can’t help them if we get more voters to the polls. So that is the crucial task in NY-19. We have to register as many like-minded voters as we can, and urge as many registered voters as possible to get to the polls. The clown in the White House should make our job a bit easier, but we still have to get out there and do the work.
If you want to help with this effort, our friends at NY19Votes are leading the charge: