In what’s being called a huge warning to President Trump, All four of Philadelphia’s collar-county governments have been taken over by Democrats. Trump won the state of Pennsylvania by only 44,000 votes in 2016, and the gains by Democrats will make that razor-thin margin only harder to uphold in 2020.
Speaking to POLITICO, former Chester County Republican congressman Ryan Costello said that anti-Trump sentiment in the suburbs is still alive and well.
“Democrats have won counties they never, ever, ever won. The trend from red to blue has accelerated in the last few years, and there’s only one reason for that,” he said, adding that “there is not a way to win Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan without holding your deficits down in the suburbs.”
Still, the GOP also made gains in the state, which, according to Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, “affirms that Trump will be formidable in 2020.”
The elections in Pennsylvania didn’t just feature Democrats beating Republicans — it also showcased progressives beating establishments Democrats, one example being Paige Cognetti, who will be Scranton’s first female mayor.
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, voters signaled Tuesday that they wanted to move further left.
“I think the party has to be open to progressives with these types of values,” said Claire Adler, 26, of Northern Liberties. “In some ways our local leaders are, but in some ways they’re not.”
The biggest blow to Republicans in the state was in Delaware County, where all three Republican Council candidates and all four Republicans running for Common Pleas Court judgeships lost their bids.
Speaking to the Inquirer, Stacy Maillie, who is a registered Republican, said she “felt safe” voting for Democrats.
“I’m not happy with our current state of the Republican Party,” she said. “I think it’s too divisive, and I think that the Democratic Party is more tolerant and inclusive. I just find that the current Republican Party has become more extreme.”
Featured image via Shutterstock
Trump’s much-hyped Walmart and CVS coronavirus testing centers have been a massive flop
During a press conference last month, President Donald Trump brought several corporate bigwigs with him to announce that major retailers Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, and Target would all be making their parking lots available to set up drive-through COVID-19 testing centers.
"The goal is for individuals to be able to drive up and be swabbed without having to leave your car," the president said.
It's been nearly three weeks since that announcement, however, and CNN reports that companies have only set up five of these testing centers in the United States so far -- and that none of them are available to the general public.
Trump admin dropped the ball on Pentagon’s offer to deliver thousand of ventilators: report
According to a CNN report this Tuesday, the Defense Department offered two weeks ago to make thousands of ventilators available, but the Trump administration failed to take them up on the offer.
After offering to send 2,000 ventilators to FEMA and HHS, the Pentagon never got the go-ahead to ship them off or any sort of directions on where to send them to.
CNN reports that the Defense Department also made its testing labs available, but still hasn't heard back from the White House.
Read the full report over at CNN.
‘Let’s not be silly!’ Kellyanne Conway barks at reporter for undermining her ‘bunker’ attack on Biden
White House aide Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday defended her assertion that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden owed President Donald Trump a call to the White House instead of criticizing the government's pandemic response from his "bunker."
During a gaggle outside the White House, Conway was asked why she had slammed Biden during an appearance on Fox & Friends earlier that morning.
"I find it to be petty and a tinge of partisanship and completely unhelpful to the American population to have a former vice president who was here for eight years in his bunker in Wilmington just lobbing criticisms," Conway said of her attack on Biden.