The media would have Americans believe that the Democrat victories in Virginia are indicative of a growing resistance to the Trump administration. According to Rush Limbaugh, this is probably not true.
On Thursday, talk show host Rush Limbaugh discussed the Virginia elections which saw Democrat politicians win crucial victories. He said, “When you get right down to it, all it means is what happened in Virginia does not translate to other states. It does not travel, if you will, to other states.”
According to Limbaugh, the Republicans’ loss in Virginia is not an omen predicting the party’s eventual collapse. As a matter of fact, there are no indication that these results will be replicated in other states. He also pointed out that there is still much support for President Trump in Virginia.
While addressing his audience, Limbaugh discussed recent polls showing that Trump hasn’t lost as much popularity as the media would like people to believe. “There are more polls out this morning that show that if the election were held today, that Trump would still win,” he said. He continued, “There’s another analysis of the vote in Virginia, that the Trump vote held, that it was there, the same number of people who voted for Trump in 2016 showed up and voted for Ed Gillespie on Tuesday.”
According to the talk show host, if there was any deterioration of the amount of Trump supporters in the state, “it was minuscule.” Limbaugh then discussed the fact that there is still widespread dissatisfaction with the GOP establishment.
He brought up a call he recently received from a listener who stated that there was no way they were going to “vote for an establishment Republican,” because if they do, the GOP will not “learn any lessons, and they’re gonna think they can screw us and continue to ignore us, and in the end we’ll still vote for him.”
The fact that many conservatives are not happy with the establishment GOP could easily be a key contributor to the party’s losses in Virginia. However, there are some other facts worth pointing out.
The reality is that in the state of Virginia, there are more Democrats than Republicans. The Left now outnumbers the Right by a significant margin.
The Washington Post conducted a poll of 3,000 voters. They found that 41 percent identified as Democrats while only 30 percent were Republicans. Additionally, Northern Virginia voted heavily in favor of the Democrats — more than they ever had previously.
Figuring out why the Democrats won big in Virginia is simple: more Democrat voters results in more Democrat victories. The media’s assertion that this represents a backlash against Trump falls apart when one considers the current demographics of the state.
The disparity between the number of Democrat voters versus Republican voters in Virginia is not the same in all states, so it is possible that other state elections will not turn out the same way.
It’s not impossible that a backlash against Trump could be an important factor in this election, however, it is simply too early to tell. Either way, the GOP would be wise to take notice of this election and pay closer attention to future contests.