Americans flocked to the polls to reject Trumpism last night, and as a result, Democrats seized office after office in a wave of stunning victories. It was some much-needed good news for a country currently suffering under the most incompetent president it has ever had.
In the wake of such a sound repudiation of the president’s agenda, many Republicans are unsure what their path forward is. Do they side even harder with Trump’s divisive rhetoric in the hopes that his feverish base will get them elected/reelected? Or do they pursue a more moderate Republican campaign, distancing themselves from the president and his kiss of death endorsements?
One Republican in particular is certainly regretting the pro-Trump fashion in which he ran his campaign. Last year Tom Coyne, an Ohio mayor, betrayed the constituents who voted for him by leaving the Democratic Party and joining the GOP in support of Trump.
Last night, he was voted out of office and replaced by Independent Michael Gammella, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Coyne was elected to office in 2013 and previously served the same role from 1982 to 2001.
Coyne was defeated by over five points, as part of the wholesale backlash against Trump that we are witnessing all across the country. The defeated incumbent mayor gleefully painted himself orange with the Trump brush, going as far as to appear at a fundraiser with Donald Trump Jr. It turns out now that it was a terrible idea.
Coyne has learned that while Trump may have squeaked into the Oval Office due to the archaic quirks of the Electoral College, most Americans do not support his hateful, regressive agenda. Most Americans want an inclusive, economically robust country for all people.
The defeated Republican mayor also learned one of the most persistent themes of the current administration: everything Trump touches dies.