Veteran newsman David Gregory explained that there may still be more information needed to fully understand the impact of November’s 2019 off-season elections, but that it’s clear President Donald Trump is somewhat of a factor.
In Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin (R-KY) was so unpopular that his Republican counterparts on the state-wide ballot scored as much as 50,000 more votes than he did. That clearly has more to do with Bevin than it does with Trump.
However, what is different in some areas of Kentucky and certainly all over Virginia is that turnout was astronomical.
BREAKING NEWS: The Virginia Beach voter registrar tells us as of 3pm voter turnout is 75,000. In 2015 the total was 63,000. That is stunning. Motivated voters favor democrats. @WAVY_News
— Andy Fox (@AndyFoxWAVY) November 5, 2019
BREAKING NEWS New numbers in from the voter registrar in Virginia Beach. As of 5pm 96,000 people have voted compared to 63,000 in 2015 when the entire General Assembly was up for election. That is 32% and climbing. @WAVY_News
— Andy Fox (@AndyFoxWAVY) November 5, 2019
“I think we’re looking at a lot of these districts around a state like Virginia which tended to be a Democratic state in presidential races,” said Gregory. “But if you look at a lot of these districts, it gets harder and harder for Republicans in the Trump era to go back and win re-election. It’s because, in a lot of these suburban areas that are more typically Republican areas, you have people who are fed up with Trump or the Trump version of the Republican Party, Trumpism.”
When it comes to Kentucky, the polarization was also a factor, he said because Trump motivates Democrats to come to the polls.
“There is the toxicity and the polarization in the country, so turnout matters,” Gregory noted. “So we see that in Kentucky where in urban areas, you get high Democratic turnout. They’re against Trump. They’re against the Trump brand of Republicanism. The other piece of it is look at a state like Kentucky where health care is a big issue. The history of health care, a successful health care system with the exchange under the Affordable Care Act. That’s what Democrats ran on so successfully in 2018 and won back a lot of these suburban districts.”
He noted that there’s a toxicity in politics that is talked about almost daily on cable news, but “a lot of people simply don’t have time for it.”
He explained that what they want is trying to figure out their prescription drugs and if they can afford their health insurance. Bevin took that away from them.
“That’s the pain that they’re feeling,” said Gregory. “A politician who can speak to that pain is going to get results.”
CNN correspondent Dana Bash noted that it doesn’t seem like Virginia is going to be a swing state for the 2020 election and what was once a purple state for President Barack Obama is quickly turning bluer with every election Trump touches.
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Trump slammed for lawless obstruction of Congress: ‘He’s taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution’
On CNN Saturday, former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman (D-NY), who voted for the articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, discussed the path forward for impeaching President Donald Trump.
"We know moderate Democrats are a bit frustrated with leadership over potentially expanding the scope of their consideration, maybe the Mueller report findings and drawing up these articles of impeachment," said anchor Victor Blackwell. "Do you think it's a mistake not to include anything beyond the Ukraine matter?"
"Yes," said Holtzman. "I think it would be a mistake, although, you know, I'm still at a distance, and the members of the committee really have to, who have been digging into this deeply have the best feel, but my sense is that the, what the president did is so egregious, not just with regard to Ukraine, but what part of what's bad about his activities in Ukraine, is that he's taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution by saying that Congress has no right to get information, and he's cut off his committee, his administration from, and ordered and directed them not to cooperate with the committee in any way."
Giuliani pummeled by ex-press secretary for ‘returning to the scene of the crime’ to create Ukraine chaos
On CNN Saturday, Rudy Giuliani's former mayoral press secretary Ken Frydman harshly criticized his former boss for his ongoing efforts in the Ukraine scheme.
"As you've watched the former mayor over the last several years, have you identified a point at which things shifted for the man who I guess still is for some known at America's Mayor?" asked anchor Victor Blackwell."
"Well, yeah. I think when he went into business with Donald Trump," said Frydman. "You saw a — a severe change in his personality. He had a zealous need to make money, to be relevant. To be part of the political process. And you know right now he's making, I think, ill-advised decisions, like returning to the scene of the crime, Ukraine, to make a propagandist documentary. Almost as if he's playing, he and the president, are playing, 'catch me if you can.' The president will not participate in the impeachment hearings, and Rudy is off in the Ukraine doubling down."
‘I haven’t had a personal cell phone for years’: Trump demands retraction from CNN — in tweet sent from his iPhone
On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump had spoken to Rudy Giuliani over unsecured phone lines.
If he was using an unsecured phone to talk to Giuliani about Ukraine, Trump would effectively be allowing the Russians to listen in.
CNN confirmed the unsecured phone use, reporting "President Donald Trump has continued to use his personal cell phone to make calls, despite repeated warnings from his staff that the practice could leave him vulnerable to foreign surveillance, multiple officials told CNN."