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Revenge is a dish best served by a Republican …
After weeks of watching Democrats mock President Donald Trump over his alleged 2020 presidential election loss, Republicans finally got their revenge Tuesday.
At 6:10 pm EST early Tuesday evening, Politico reporter John Bresnahan shared a photo of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer posing next to the plethora of House Democrats who lost reelection this past November.
.@LeaderHoyer takes a picture with Democrats not coming back next year after losing on Election Day. Now telling story about elections he lost. “Do not lose heart,” Hoyer said. pic.twitter.com/YhD1tP2wnJ
— John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico) December 8, 2020
At this point, Republicans had a choice. They could have allowed Democrats to stew in their losses, they could have extended Democrats some sympathy or compassion, or they could have given Democrats a taste of their own merciless medicine.
Despite some RINO tendencies, this time Republicans chose to go full savage.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) December 9, 2020
The photo above shows House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy posing with the zero House Republicans who lost reelection this November.
That had to hurt …
In fact, the sour replies from Democrats suggest it had to hurt a LOT:
— Mike COACH !! (@TRUMPHATER1983) December 9, 2020
It seems that you need some basic media training to conduct yourself in a manner that befits your position. Try consulting a fourth grader.
— Cat Food Casserole (@CasseroleFood) December 9, 2020
Funny how gerrymandered districts be like that.
— Pete W 😎 💛🍦🇺🇸 🏳️🌈 (@PeteEarthling) December 9, 2020
I’m perennially embarrassed that we have the same last name. But Joe would certainly be proud and history will remember you similarly.
— Timothy Patrick McCarthy 🏳️🌈 (@DrTPM) December 9, 2020
I’m really looking forward to the day when we start putting actual adults in Congress.
This is like watching Mean Girls: D.C. edition.
— 🇺🇸Tony🇵🇸 (@Deprogram_Amer) December 9, 2020
all i see is a picture of someone who will never be majority leader
— ruffles! (@notthechips) December 9, 2020
Get someone to photoshop you out, and it’s also a group photo of all the Republicans with integrity.
— Michael Marshall Smith (@ememess) December 9, 2020
In the words of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-“Almost Always Wrong”), “You mad bro?”
As of Dec. 9th, Republicans had flipped 13 House seats for a net gain of 10. Democrats meanwhile had flipped only three seats for a net gain of minus A LOT.
With only two elections remaining incomplete and both tilting to the right, Republicans were poised to have made massive gains. Note that prior to the election they’d held only 199 seats. And yet as of Dec. 9th, they were already up to 211:
Save for the president’s alleged defeat — which, as a reminder, remains contested due to pending lawsuits, one of which has been taken up by the Supreme Court — the 2020 presidential election was a decisive victory for Republicans.
And not just on the national stage.
“[T]he Republican Party established a federal trifecta and with wins in the Minnesota Senate, Kentucky House, and Iowa Senate, the GOP now controls both state legislative chambers in 32 states,” the data solutions company Quorum reported on Nov. 21st.
“According to The National Conference of State Legislatures, Republicans now control more state legislatures than at any point in U.S. history.”
This gives Republicans the power to redraw restrictions, which will be fundamental come 2021.
“Every 10 years, after the census, congressional and state legislature districts are redrawn to account for population changes. This gives whoever is drawing the maps the power to maximize the number of districts that favor their party — a tactic known as gerrymandering,” FiveThirtyEight notes.
“Both parties went into the election with a chance to draw more congressional districts than the other, but the end result was just about the best-case scenario for Republicans. … Republicans are set to control the redistricting of 188 congressional seats — or 43 percent of the entire House of Representatives. By contrast, Democrats will control the redistricting of, at most, 73 seats, or 17 percent.”
This power could lead to Republicans fully retaking the House in 2022.
And so yes, while it’s certainly possible the president lost the 2020 race — that remains unknown for now — there’s still plenty to celebrate, as demonstrated by McCarthy’s tweet and the positive reaction it provoked from conservatives.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) December 9, 2020
— Phineas Fahrquar (@irishspy) December 9, 2020
— Lisa (@kittywhisperer7) December 9, 2020
That’s pretty gangster 🔥
— Alpha Galactica (@Alpha_Cryptos) December 9, 2020
However, some conservatives responded by arguing that House Republicans’ success was due entirely to Trump — meaning therefore that House Republicans owe it to the president to aid him in his efforts to challenge the official election results.
Thanks to President Trump.
— Steph (@steph93065) December 9, 2020
And that is because of Trump. So everyone of them needs to be behind him… otherwise they will be gone next election
— President Elect – Debra..🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@DebraEger) December 9, 2020
It’s also a group photo of you with the house Republicans who have the balls to stand up and fight for American citizens legal vote and to stop this election fraud @GOPLeader, with exception of @SenTedCruz @Jim_Jordan the rest of you just cower in the corner, an utter disgrace
— Debbie Davies (@DebbieD48909006) December 9, 2020
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