Midterms Are Popular Vote ONLY, and Obama Is Going to the Mat

Barack Obama

Cheri Jacobus


Donald Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by 3 million votes, and became president by winning the most electoral votes. The November congressional midterm elections are decided by a popular vote.

While many armchair political strategists took to social media with feigned head-scratching at former President Barack Obama making a political speech that addressed the dangers of the Trump presidency, their claim that Obama is actually helping Republicans in the midterms is weak sauce. It's wishful thinking. It's a disjointed knee-jerk reaction to their own fear.

The Trumpian logic is that Trump's base so hates Obama, that the "reminder" he exists will send them out in droves to vote in the midterms.

Trump's racist base is already energized. It also is not adding to it's ranks. In fact, as much as 20 percent of Trump's base has abandoned him, according to some estimates, and his approval ratings are now in the 30's in several new polls.

But many that comprise the Obama base -- in particular African-Americans -- stayed home on election day in November of 2016. Obama is now going to the mat to ensure they turn out in droves this November for the congressional midterms.

Lest the arrogance of Trumpianism cloud anyone's judgement, be reminded that it was largely African-American women who ensured Roy Moore, the Republican endorsed by Trump, was defeated in the special election in Alabama for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Trump's appointment of Jeff Sessions to the Attorney General post.

Voters understand the mid-terms are about Trump.


Cheri Jacobus