Newly-elected transgender activist Andrea Jenkins, center, with two happy supporters
The New York Times reports in two related pieces that women and minorities won the day for Democrats nationwide and that suburbs are rebelling against Donald Trump. Each is a key takeaway from this week’s election, and each informs some of our exchanges here with actual data from actual elections.
Both pieces report the same phenomena. From the first (emphasis mine):
If the 2016 presidential election reflected a primal roar from disaffected white working class voters that delivered for President Trump and Republicans, Tuesday’s results showed the potential of a rising coalition of women, minorities, and gay and transgender people who are solidly aligning with Democrats.
From the second (emphasis mine):
The American suburbs appear to be in revolt against President Trump after a muscular coalition of college-educated voters and racial and ethnic minorities dealt the Republican Party a thumping rejection on Tuesday and propelled a diverse class of Democrats into office.
The second piece also points out that we saw a similar election not too long ago:
To many Democrats and some Republicans, Tuesday’s results recalled the last time an unpopular Republican was in the White House and voters vented their frustrations on a Republican-held Congress. In 2005, Democrats rolled to victory in Virginia and New Jersey, presaging an electoral wave in 2006 and inspiring throngs of Democrats to run for office in difficult districts.
These pieces emphasize the diversity of candidates as well as voters. From the first:
A black transgender activist, Andrea Jenkins, was elected to the Minneapolis City Council. A Hispanic woman won the mayor’s race in Topeka, Kan. A Sikh man was elected mayor in Hoboken, N.J. Latina, Vietnamese and transgender female candidates won state legislative races. Black candidates were elected lieutenant governor in New Jersey and Virginia. A Liberian refugee in Helena, Mont., was elected mayor.
Also from the first piece, a clear and concise explanation of why we Democrats MUST embrace the increasing diversity of America and resist the call to focus on angry white men (emphasis mine):
Mark Keam, a Korean-American Democrat who was re-elected on Tuesday to his seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates, said the wave of first-time minority candidates was a direct response to feeling snipped out of the American picture by Mr. Trump’s policies and divisive language.
“In Trump’s America, people are getting screwed and those getting screwed more than others are people who’ve never had a voice in the government,” Mr. Keam said. “Those are motivations a white guy wouldn’t have.”
Indeed. Let’s replay that highlight:
…[T]hose getting screwed more than others are people who’ve never had a voice in the government. Those are motivations a white guy wouldn’t have.
The message for our party is crystal clear:
1. We MUST embrace change and celebrate the increasing diversity of our people and our candidates
2. We MUST reject the politics of hate, scapegoating, and anger