Midterm elections : Democrats, women and minorities, a nightmare for Trump administration

The US Midterm elections have brought a new trend to the political scene in the country. Americans elected the nation’s first Muslim congresswomen, Democrats, people of color and LGBT politicians.

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Midterm elections in the United States had outstanding results, allowing Democrats, women and minorities to hold seats in the American Congress. 

A summary of the «big wins», published Wednesday by the Guardian suggests that Democrats have secured 218 seats «controlling the House of Representatives». Meanwhile, Republicans won the majority in the Senate.

But the major blow to the Republican President, Donald Trump, was that a «record number of women won races across the country and candidates of color and LGBT people have also broken barriers», wrote the British newspaper.

America's first Muslim congresswomen

Indeed, the victory of women was associated with the names of several Muslim, native American and Hispanic congresswomen. The 2018 midterm elections resulted in electing the two first Muslim women to the Congress.

We are talking here about Michigan candidate Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, says the Independent. Tlaib is a Palestinian-American national who secured «Michigan’s 13th congressional district», while Somali-American Democrat, Omar, won the seat that was held before by Minnesota’s first Muslim congressman, Keith Ellison.

«We changed the course of history at a time we thought it was impossible. And that if you just believe, believe in the possibility of someone like me», Rashida Tlaib told CBS after her victory.

Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee who came to the US when she was 12 years old, tweeted saying «We did this together. Thank you!».

Electing the first Native American congresswomen

Omar and Tlaib were not the only women out there to make a difference in the 2018 midterm elections. Americans elected the USA’s first native American congresswomen namely, Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland, reports CNN.

Haaland won a seat for New Mexico while Davids, a member of the LGBT community, was elected in Kansas. Their victory was also a big one for native Americans in the US. «For the first time in history, Native American women will be represented in US Congress», wrote an internet user on Twitter.

A woman of color in the Congress

The youngest congresswoman to be elected by Americans in November is a politician of color. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an American Democrat originally from Puerto Rico, won the elections for New York's 14th District.

The 29-year-old politician campaigns for the «abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, tuition-free college, a federal jobs guarantee, universal Medicare, gun control, an end to private prisons and access to affordable housing», wrote the CNBC.

The LGBT community

The US also elected its first openly homosexual governor, Jared Polis. The latter won the the Colorado governor’s race. The Democrat «did not attempt to hide his sexual orientation on the campaign trail, and sometimes used it to emphasize the contrast between himself and President Donald Trump’s administration», explained Vox.

«I think it really gives Colorado an opportunity to stick a thumb in the eye of Mike Pence (American vice-president), whose view of America is not as inclusive as where America is today», Polis said during a speech.

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