Midterm elections generate further polarization in the U.S.



November 6 was a day in which people across the United States, and indeed the world, were watching for some indications of the future political prospects for the leading capitalist state.

It had been predicted that the House of Representatives would be lost by the Republicans to the Democrats. This was the outcome of the elections where Democrats could pick up approximately 40 seats, outperforming the party of President Donald Trump.

Trump played down the loss of the House and emphasized that the Senate would remain under Republican control. Nonetheless, there is a major shake-up in the cabinet of the Trump administration with the immediate departure of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and more ousters being imminent.

A large number of women, national oppressed people and younger politicians ran for public office while a significant number were elected. The results of the elections were in part due to the higher than normal turnout of voters for a midterm poll.

With these new faces in Congress and the Senate, it still remains to be seen what actual impact this will have on the overall political atmosphere prevailing in the U.S. Trump, whose 2016 campaign is still under investigation by a special counsel, continues his right-wing, neo-fascist posture and agenda aimed at stoking fears of African Americans, Latinx people, Middle Easterners, immigrants, LGBTQ communities and anyone who does not agree with the policies of the current administration.

A series of high-profile racial and political incidents occurred leading up to the midterms. Fourteen packages containing what appeared to be pipe bombs were addressed to two former Democratic presidents, a previous Secretary of State, a famous actor, the Manhattan building of Cable News Network (CNN), among others, with a return address containing the name of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

On October 24, a white racist shot to death two African-American seniors at a Kroger supermarket in a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky. Just minutes before, this same assailant unsuccessfully attempted to gain entry into an African-American church. Some three days later,
another domestic terrorist entered the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill district of Pittsburgh and killed 11 Jewish worshippers…

Georgia gubernatorial candidates Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp debate in an event in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 23, 2018.

Georgia gubernatorial candidates Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp debate in an event in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 23, 2018. | Photo: John Bazemore-Pool/Getty Images

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