Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

'The hottest thing': Trump launches final day blitz on Democrats

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Nellie Chapman | 06 November, 2018, 10:26

Oprah Winfrey travelled to Georgia to campaign with Stacey Abrams ahead of the midterm election.

"It all depends on turnout", he said.

At a rally in Johnson City, Tennessee, in early October, Jessica Lotz, 33, and her fiance, Chad Lavery, 49, said Trump's immigration policies resonated with them. "He's not on the ticket".

President Trump himself is not on the ballot on Tuesday's midterm polls where 470 seats in Congress (435 in House and 35 in Senate) besides a myriad other offices including governorships, state legislatures, and local offices are at stake, although he has urged the electorate to vote as if he is.

A record number of women are also running for Senate, House, governorships and state legislative seats. While both Gillum and Abrams are African-Americans, the right-wing demonization of minorities and immigrants extends even to American Jews, not withstanding Trump's support for Israel on the foreign policy front.

The Democrats rolled out their biggest gun in the final days of the campaign: former president Barack Obama, who on Sunday made a last-ditch appeal for an endangered Senate Democrat in Indiana. The next day, another gunman opened fire in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, massacring 11 worshippers and telling police "all these Jews need to die". And how will Democrats, if they fall short, sustain the energy from young people and women who have marched in protest of Trump, registered to vote and volunteered for the first time this election season.

"He has diarrhea of the mouth and diarrhea of the brain".

"CNN has made it abundantly clear in its editorial coverage that this ad is racist", a spokesperson for the network tweeted.

Still, his xenophobic rhetoric has been unprecedented for an American president in the modern era: "Barbed wire used properly can be a attractive sight", Trump told voters in Montana.

He's undecided going into Election Day.

Ari Fleischer, George W. Bush's press secretary, said Democratic control of the House "has both peril and promise for the president".

Ronna McDaniel, head of the Republican National Committee, said on ABC's "This Week" program that the media had chosen to focus on Trump's immigration rhetoric but the president was also emphasizing economic and job gains under his presidency.

But in a hard-driving series of rallies around the country the most polarising United States president for decades has put himself at the centre of every issue. "Since Trump come along, I feel a lot better".

There are also state, local and governorship elections across the U.S. tomorrow. And Trump could set his sights on ousting Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other key figures at the Justice Department, possibly ending the department's investigation of Russia's attack on the 2016 election.

"The midterm history is pretty stark in that the president's party usually loses ground in the midterms and it is usually a question of how much ground they lose", said University of Virginia analyst Kyle Kondik.

Republicans were leading in early voting turnout statewide by about 60,000 ballots, though Democrats were leading in urban areas. The crowd responded with the chant, "Lock her up!"

"In this cycle, it seemed as if there was a disproportionately negative reaction among highly educated voters to Trump", he said. "They didn't come trying to storm the border".

He warned Republican supporters his political agenda could be undone by Democrat victories.

"When it comes to his actions, I'm not a huge fan of his tweets", Panelo said. I would like to have a much softer tone.

LaVorgna adds that stocks have declined in just five post-midterm periods since 1922, with the last coming 1978; in the 12 months following midterm elections, stocks have dropped just four times since 1922.

Donald Trump, his Republicans and their Democratic rivals steeled themselves for a final frenzied day of campaigning Monday on the eve of contentious U.S. midterm elections, when voters render their verdict on the president's first two years in office. In this respect, the divisiveness and controversy that have been a deepening feature of America's political landscape - since at least 2016 when Mr Trump unleashed his aggressive campaign for the presidency, tapping old fault lines and pent-up resentments - appear to have energised voters.

Rose Cathleen Bagin, 77, lives in the same neighborhood as the synagogue.

Despite the role of local issues and candidates, they are in large measure referendums on the president's job performance and, as such, flawless opportunities for Americans to display their characteristic fickleness.