The Democrats in Texas are not happy with President Donald Trump’s victory over Roy Moore, saying they’re looking forward to working with him and his administration.
Democrats are not pleased with the results of the 2018 election in Texas, where Republicans gained control of the state legislature for the first time since 1972, but have not yet declared their intentions to challenge incumbent Gov.
Greg Abbott for a third term.
“It’s not good for Texas.
It’s not great for the country,” said Texas Democratic Party Chairwoman Cynthia McKinney, who also is a lawyer.
“We’re looking at 2018 as a year that we look forward to winning back the governorship of Texas and to the Senate in 2018, which we’re going to win in 2018.”
McKinney and others are trying to convince Democrats that Trump’s electoral victories in 2020 and 2020’s Senate win in Alabama in November were the only factors that put the state back in play.
The Democrats are hoping to pick up seats in both chambers in 2018 and in 2022, but are not confident they’ll be able to do that in 2018 or in 2022 because of Moore’s record in office.
McKinsey and others say they want the Democrats to focus on their priorities: fighting to restore voting rights and health care access for more Texans, combating the opioid crisis and addressing climate change.
But even as they celebrate the Democrats’ narrow loss in the midterm elections, they are concerned about the political ramifications of Trump’s election victory.
“We know that there’s a lot of folks who are unhappy with the outcome, but they also understand that we need to keep our heads down and be focused on things that really matter, which is helping our communities and helping people,” McKinney said.
The Democrats have focused their attention on a handful of key priorities for the next two years: combating the fentanyl crisis and combating climate change, which McKinney and other Democrats believe Trump has failed to address.
“He has no credibility,” McKinsey said of Trump.
“The president has failed on the issues of our time, and we’re hopeful that he will take a very hard look at that and make changes in his presidency.”
Democrats also are concerned that Republicans will take advantage of Trump and his party to repeal or roll back many of the Democratic policies that have worked to help their party and the country during the Trump administration.
McKenzie said the Democrats are not just concerned about how Republicans are going to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which she said would hurt the most vulnerable Texans, but also how the Republicans will try to pass a law that would roll back funding for Planned Parenthood, a critical health care provider in Texas that provides abortions, birth control and other health care services to millions of people.
“If we’re looking to actually take a hard look and see what we can do to help this country and our people and to make sure that we don’t turn into a failed state, we can’t,” McKinley said.
“I don’t think that’s something that we want to see happen.”
McKneeys focus on healthcare is a stark contrast to the focus of Republicans, who are focused on repealing and replacing President Trump’s signature health care law and trying to undo the major policy changes it helped enact.
The Republican Party also has a history of not doing enough to address the opioid epidemic, which has taken a significant toll on the lives of Texans, including McKinney.
“There are a lot things that are going on that we’re not happy about,” McKinneys husband, former U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, said of the election results.
“It’s hard to talk about things that aren’t a big part of our lives.
We just don’t have a lot in common.”
Republicans are also focused on what they see as a loss for women, as they have a hard time taking back control of statehouses in Texas and across the country after Republicans took control of both houses of Congress in 2017.
McDonald said she believes the Democrats should work to build on the victories they had during the last election cycle, especially in the 2018 midterm elections.
“When I first got into politics in the 90s, we had a Republican majority, and it was really a Republican wave,” McDonald said.
“Now, I think that the Democrats have a real chance of winning the House in 2018.
We’re going in a direction that I think is going to make the country a better place.”
McDonald, who was a first lady of Texas before she became a state lawmaker, said she is optimistic about the future of Texas, but still has some reservations.
“You have to be realistic about the challenges that you face.
But we have a chance to make some real strides,” McKinseys husband said.
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