2022 midterm elections
The upcoming 2022 midterm elections, scheduled to be held on November 8, 2022, will determine membership in the 118th Congress for all seats in the United States House of Representatives in addition to Class III U.S. senators. A number of statewide elections will also be held, including gubernatorial races.
The narrow Democrat majority currently in both houses of Congress is facing strong certainties of being lost in the midterm cycle following the witnessed disasters of the Biden junta. The influence of Donald Trump's involvement via endorsements also is likely to strengthen the politics of the Republican Party.
In 2022, the four incumbent Democrat senators most vulnerable to defeat are: Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Raphael Warnock (D-GA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH).
- 1 Issues
- 1.1 Liberal segregation
- 1.2 Democrats defend and/or refuse to condemn Biden's racist remarks
- 1.3 Vindictive Trump impeachment attempt
- 1.4 Court packing
- 1.5 Foreign policy
- 1.6 Spending sprees
- 1.7 Abortion
- 1.8 Left-wing violence
- 2 Key races
- 3 References
Early polling reported by Politico surveyed the Top issues on voters’ minds:
- The economy (e.g. taxes, wages, jobs, unemployment and spending): 39%
- Security (e.g. terrorism, foreign policy and border security): 16%
- Health care (e.g. the ACA, Medicaid): 12%
- Seniors’ issues (e.g. Medicare and Social Security): 11%
- Women’s issues (e.g. birth control, abortion rights and equal pay): 6%
- Education (e.g. school standards, class sizes, school choice and student loans): 4%
- Energy (e.g. carbon emissions, cost of electricity/gasoline and renewables): 6%
- Other: 6%
In mid-December 2021, an elementary school in Denver, Colorado faced immense backlash after planning to host a segregated "Families of Color Playground Night." The move was condemned by Dr. Carol Swain, a former professor of Political Science and Law. A civil rights complaint was filed against the Colorado elementary school, in which the lawsuit stated:
|“||PDE makes this complaint as an interested third-party organization that opposes racial discrimination and political indoctrination in America’s schools.||”|
—Parents Defending Education, December 2021
Democrats defend and/or refuse to condemn Biden's racist remarks
|“||I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland. He never called me ‘boy,’ He always called me ‘son.’||”|
Following the racially insensitive remarks, many members in the Congressional Black Caucus, who have been known to erroneously accuse Trump of white supremacy, defended Biden and later endorsed him in the 2020 presidential election. Biden has also defended neo-Confederates, calling them "very fine people":
|“||I, too, heard that speech and, for the public listening to this, the senator [Howell Heflin] made a very moving and eloquent speech. As a son of the Confederacy, acknowledging that it was time to change and yield to a position that Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun raised on the Senate floor, not granting a federal charter to an organization made up of many fine people who continue to display the Confederate flag as a symbol.||”|
|“||I’m here with my senior adviser and, uh, boy who knows Louisiana very well, man. And New Orleans. Cedric Richmond.||”|
—Biden, August 2021
The term "boy" has historically been used by Southern white supremacists to insult black men by insinuating that they were unequal, and to this day is considered a racial epithet when used in such a context.
Repetition of late 1800s-era history
The Democratic Party's defending and/or refusal to condemn Biden's racist remarks, particularly among black Democrats who frequently accuse Republicans of white supremacy while lacking evidence, is not unfamiliar in historical terms. According to South Carolina Encyclopedia pertaining to the white supremacist "Red Shirt" terrorists in the Reconstruction era and afterwards:
|“||Organized as Red Shirt brigades, they intimidated and sometimes attacked Republicans during the 1876 campaign. “Force without violence” was a slogan, not a binding policy, and Red Shirt groups sometimes used deadly violence. The worst instance was the Ellenton Riot, in which Edgefield Red Shirts killed thirty black militiamen and a state senator, many in cold blood. Red Shirts all over the state stuffed ballot boxes and committed other frauds to ensure Hampton’s election. In the traditional mythology of Reconstruction, these unsavory aspects of the campaign were forgotten, and the Red Shirts–Hampton first among them–became the noble saviors of the state. The editors of the State newspaper commented in 1905: “Wade Hampton and the men who wore red shirts in the broad light of day and the women who blessed them redeemed South Carolina from negro rule.” Although they were overwhelmingly white and were committed to white supremacy, the Red Shirts did count some African Americans in their number. These black Democrats often retained the right to vote after most African Americans were disfranchised.||”|
Indeed, as was in the past similar to the contemporary era, black Republicans resisted the very Democratic plantation that black Democrats sided with and fought for.
Ohio Jim Crow Democrat Allen G. Thurman (left) and Chuck Schumer (right). Schumer cited a resolution by Thurman to advocate the Senate conviction of Trump.
Vindictive Trump impeachment attempt
Following the 2021 Capitol riot, Democrats pinned blame on Trump, who did not encourage or play in part of any of the violence present. Ten mostly establishment-leaning Republicans joined House Democrats in passing an impeachment resolution, which the Senate voted on after Trump left office.
Racist, white supremacist roots
Senate Democrats who argued in the affirmative of impeaching a former president cited the impeachment resolution against William W. Belknap in the late 1800s as their precedent. Belknap was the Secretary of War under Ulysses S. Grant who fought the First Ku Klux Klan and, being heavily despised by Democrats, was accused of corruption.
In 2021, White House officeholder Joseph R. Biden established a commission via executive order that would consider court packing in retaliation against the successful nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court. Court packing has traditionally been – and still is – highly unpopular among the majority of Americans.
In 1937, Democrat president Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced the Judicial Procedures Reform Bill which sought to expand the number of Supreme Court justices from nine to fifteen following several of the court's anti-New Deal rulings. In a sharp bipartisan rebuke, the United States Senate voted overwhelmingly in late July that year to recommit the bill to committee, where it would be killed. Although the House of Representatives passed a bill to incentivize the retirement of justices so Roosevelt could then replace them, House Judiciary Committee chair Hatton W. Sumners, otherwise a stalwart New Deal ally, announced that the court packing plan would get bottled up in committee even had it passed the Senate.
In the following 1938 midterms, the Democrats lost seventy-two House seats and eight Senate seats in a rebuke against the party. Roosevelt's attempt to "purge" fellow Democrats who opposed his power grabbing scheme, including moderate senators Guy M. Gillette of Iowa and Millard E. Tydings of Maryland, ended mostly in abysmal failure.
Biden, given the nickname "Fool of Kabul" over the botched Afghanistan withdrawal which led to a Taliban rise, has sunken the chances of so-called "moderate Democrats" in swing congressional districts being re-elected in 2022, a fact even CNN admits.
United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken under the administration of present White House officeholder Biden has faced an impeachment resolution introduced by Republican representatives over disastrous policies pertaining to Afghanistan.
Iron Dome funding
In May 2021, House Democrats voted against a measure sponsored by Texas Republican Tony Gonzales for Israel's Iron Dome, which has saved thousands of lives. Two weeks later, a number of them flip-flopped and claimed to support the military defensive system.
On September 22, 2021, several far-left progressive Democrats in the House worked to strip funding for the Iron Dome. They were ultimately outmaneuvered when the House included the funding in a separate bill. Following their defeat, the group of anti-Zionist representatives raged and seethed. Rashida Tlaib falsely accused Israel of apartheid and was condemned by fellow Democrat Ted Deutch for anti-Semitism.
On September 21, 2021, Biden stated that a return to the Iran nuclear deal would be likely. Only several days later, a watchdog report emerged asserting that Iran failed to comply with a United Nations agreement regarding nuclear weapon inspections.
A number of "moderate" Democrats at one point vowed to oppose a massive pork bill pushed by Biden if it did not their demands to restrain spending and potential deficits; they broke their pledged assertions in voting for passage despite their parameters not being met.
On September 24, 2021, House Democrats passed a pro-abortion bill in response to the refusal of the United States Supreme Court to block the Texas Heartbeat Act. In a demonstration of the unified far-leftism, only one House Democrat (Henry Cuellar of Texas) opposed the measure.
In September 2021, a left-wing group sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission which suggested murdering Republicans to "reclaim our democracy."
Stephanie Murphy, the current liberal Democrat congresswoman from Florida's 7th congressional district, is running for re-election to another House term after initially intending to seek one of the state's U.S. Senate seats against Marco Rubio. Among her Republican challengers vying for the party nomination with the hopes of unseating her, Brady Duke criticized her record of refusing to buck with Democrat-instituted disasters:
|“||Stephanie Murphy won’t stand up to AOC or President Biden who want to raise taxes and enact radical policies that hurt Central Florida families. I fought to protect American families in combat, and I’ll do so again in Congress.||”|
Indeed, FiveThirtyEight reports that Murphy is in lock step with Biden. An important issue in the race is the Fall of Kabul instigated by Biden's disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. Murphy refused to blame the Biden Administration over the decision, while Duke heavily criticized along with other Navy SEALs.
Incumbent left-wing Democrat Jared Golden is running for re-election and challenged by Republican predecessor Bruce Poliquin. The election is viewed by "experts" as interesting due to Poliquin's timing in attempting to make a political comeback. Poliquin was ultimately defeated for re-election in the 2018 midterms due to Maine's then-newly enacted ranked-choice voting, an undemocratic system which eliminates competition by third-party candidates.
Golden has on occasions bucked his party's far-leftism, such as voting against the "Build Back Better Act," a massive spending bill. Although labeled as a "centrist" by some sources, such misleading designation is merely by the already-extreme standards of the Democratic Party, given his track record in the 117th Congress in voting with Nancy Pelosi 87% of the time.
Tomasz "Tom" Malinowski, the current Democrat U.S. representative from New Jersey's 7th congressional district, is facing re-election in a district he only won by one percentage point in 2020. He is a noted liberal hypocrite who advocates transparency while failing to disclose shady stock trades, in addition to having a history of fighting on behalf of terrorist Taliban leaders and convicted sex offenders.
|“||New Jersey deserves a Congressman who will serve with integrity and always put their best interests first. We will defeat Tom Malinowski.||”|
—Thomas "Tom" Kean, Jr., November 2021
- Two references:
- Picket, Kerry (August 16, 2021). Biden draws criticism from fellow Democrats over deadly Afghanistan withdrawal. Washington Examiner via Yahoo. Retrieved September, 2021.
- Segers, Grace (August 18, 2021). Biden Finally Unifies Congress—Against His Afghanistan Withdrawal Debacle. The New Republic. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
- Rosner, Elizabeth; Algar, Selim (November 18, 2021). Manhattan school to sort kids by race during social justice discussions. New York Post. Retrieved December 17, 2021.
- Teh, Cheryl (December 14, 2021). A Denver elementary school is facing backlash for planning a 'Families of Color Playground Night'. Insider. Retrieved December 17, 2021.
- December 16, 2021. Dr. Carol Swain rips progressives after Denver school hosts 'families of color' playground night. Fox News via MSN. Retrieved December 17, 2021.
- Downey, Caroline (December 17, 2021). Civil Rights Complaints Filed against Colorado, Illinois School Districts for Racially Segregating Students. National Review. Retrieved December 17, 2021.
- Stanley-Becker, Isaac (June 19, 2019). ‘We got things done’: Biden recalls ‘civility’ with segregationist senators. The Washington Post. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
- Barron-Lopez, Laura; Caygle, Heather (June 19, 2019). Black lawmakers get Biden's back amid 'segregationist' uproar. Politico. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
- Jacobs, Emily (June 16, 2020). Joe Biden once called members of female Confederacy group ‘fine people’. New York Post. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
- Takala, Rudy (August 30, 2021). Biden Introduces Former Congressman at FEMA Event Who Quit to Work for Him: My Boy. Mediaite. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
- Nittle, Nadra Kareem (December 12, 2020). Terms You Might Not Know Are Considered Racist. ThoughtCo. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
- Rubin, Hyman S., III (June 20, 2016). Red Shirts. South Carolina Encyclopedia. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
- Jacobson, Louis (January 26, 2021). Can Congress impeach and remove a president who’s left office? A look at the history. PolitiFact. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
- Montanaro, Domenico (January 14, 2021). These Are The 10 Republicans Who Voted To Impeach Trump. NPR. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
- Greenfield, Daniel (February 22, 2021). The Racist Origins of President Trump’s Impeachment. The Jewish Press. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
- Biskupic, Joan (January 30, 2021). Biden's Supreme Court commission set to launch as some liberals are eager to pack the court. CNN. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
- Bernstein, Brittany (April 9, 2021). Biden to Form Commission to Study Packing the Supreme Court. National Review. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
- Zelizer, Julian E. (October 15, 2018). Packing the Supreme Court Is a Terrible Idea. The New York Times. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
- Schakelford, Kelly (April 25, 2021). Americans agree: Court packing is dangerous. The Hill. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
- TO RECOMMIT TO THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. S. 1392, A BILL TO REORGANIZE THE JUDICIARY BRANCH.. GovTrack.us. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
- TO PASS H. R. 2518, (P. A. 10), A BILL PROVIDING FOR THE RETIREMENT OF JUSTICES OF THE SUPREME COURT.. GovTrack.us. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
- FascinatingPolitics (April 28, 2021). The Court Packing Episode. Mad Politics: The Bizarre, Fascinating, and Unknown of American Political History. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
- FascinatingPolitics (May 13, 2018). The Purge – FDR Edition. Mad Politics: The Bizarre, Fascinating, and Unknown of American Political History. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
- Drucker, David M. (August 30, 2021). Joe Biden causes political heartburn for vulnerable Democrats with rocky Afghanistan withdrawal. Washington Examiner. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
- Raju, Manu; Zanona, Melanie; Herb, Jeremy (August 31, 2021). Vulnerable Democrats seek distance from Biden on Afghanistan ahead of contentious House debate. CNN. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
- Beaman, Jeremy (August 27, 2021). GOP lawmakers introduce article of impeachment against Blinken over Afghanistan. Washington Examiner. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
- Kredo, Adam (May 20, 2021). House Dems Reject Measure To Boost Israeli Security Aid. The Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved September 26, 2021.
- Foldi, Matthew; Beyrer, Jack (June 4, 2021). House Democrats Scramble To Restore Pro-Israel Bona Fides After Voting Against Iron Dome. The Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved September 26, 2021.
- Hillyer, Quin (September 22, 2021.). House antisemites block funds for Israel’s Iron Dome. Washington Examiner. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
- Freking, Kevin (September 23, 2021). House OKs $1 billion for Israel's Iron Dome defense system. Associated Press via MSN. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
- Vallejo, Justin (September 23, 2021). AOC ‘cries’ after Democrats thwart Squad attempt to defund Israel’s Iron Dome. The Independent via MSN. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
- Scanlon, Kate (September 23, 2021). Ted Deutch says fellow House Democrat Rashida Tlaib engaging in antisemitism. Washington Examiner via MSN. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
- Bowden, John (September 21, 2021). signals that the US is prepared to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal. The Independent via Yahoo. Retrieved September 26, 2021.
- Two references:
- Schnell, Mychael (September 26, 2021). Iran failing to comply with nuclear monitoring deal, watchdog says. The Hill. Retrieved September 26, 2021.
- Murphy, Francois (September 26, 2021). Iran fails to fully honour agreement on monitoring equipment, IAEA says. Reuters via MSN. Retrieved September 26, 2021.
- Anderson, Collin (November 19, 2021). ‘Moderate’ Dems Break Promises With Vote for Reconciliation Bill. The Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
- Marcos, Christina (September 24, 2021). House passes bill to ensure abortion access in response to Texas law. The Hill. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
- Foldi, Matthew (September 22, 2021). Liberal Group Includes Call to ‘Shoot Republicans’ in Letter to FCC. The Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved September 26, 2021.
- Caputo, Marc (May 24, 2021). Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy will not challenge Rubio for Senate. Politico. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
- Derby, Kevin (May 28, 2021). Brady Duke Enters the GOP Primary to Challenge Stephanie Murphy. Florida Daily. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
- November 19, 2021. Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden? FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
- August 17, 2021. Murphy Statement on the Situation in Afghanistan. U.S. Representative Stephanie Murphy. Archived version available here. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
- Dougherty, Jon (November 14, 2021). Squad of Navy SEALs running for Congress blast Biden on Afghanistan, call for ‘mandate’ to ‘rescue our citizens’. BizPacReview. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
- Collins, Steve (August 4, 2021). Bruce Poliquin’s bid for his old position fascinates Maine politics professors. Sun Journal. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
- Two references:
- Sharp, David (November 19, 2021). Maine Democrat stands alone, again, in opposing Biden bill. The Press City of Atlantic City. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
- Choi, Joseph (November 19, 2021). Jared Golden sole Democrat to vote against Build Back Better Act. The Hill. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
- McPherson, Lindsey (August 13, 2021). Nine centrist House Democrats threaten to oppose budget without infrastructure. Roll Call. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
- Compare the voting records of Nancy Pelosi and Jared Golden in 2021-22. ProPublica. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
- Levinthal, David (March 4, 2021). Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski, a champion for transparency, failed to disclose dozens of stock transactions worth at least $671,000 in apparent violation of federal law. Business Insider. Archived version available here. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
- Beyrer, Jack; Foldi, Matthew (September 21, 2021). New Jersey Dem Lobbied To Close Guantanamo While Top Taliban Leaders Were Inmates. The Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
- Kakutani, Yuichiro (August 6, 2020). NJ Dem Lobbied Against Sex Offender Registry. The Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
- Wildstein, David (November 9, 2021). NRCC elevates Kean to Young Guns list. New Jersey Globe. Retrieved November 22, 2021.