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  • Americans have been voting for a whole variety of candidates, from state governors to US senators and a new Congress. It’s turned out a lot better for the Democratic Party than most polls had predicted.

    The 'red wave' promised by the Republicans did not materialise. Despite issues such as inflation and the cost of living, President Biden's party did not take a drubbing.

    But it does look like the Democrats will lose control of the House of Representatives by a small margin.

    As it stands, control of the Senate still hangs in the balance, which could spell trouble for Biden. However, many Republicans are also casting the results as a big setback for Donald Trump.

    Newsnight’s Diplomatic Editor Mark Urban reports from Washington DC.

    Produced by Louis Harris-White.

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    Are the US midterms a referendum on Donald Trump? - BBC Newsnight

    Americans have been voting for a whole variety of candidates, from state governors to US senators and a new Congress. It’s turned out a lot better for the Democratic Party than most polls had predicted.

    The 'red wave' promised by the Republicans did not materialise. Despite issues such as inflation and the cost of living, President Biden's party did not take a drubbing.

    But it does look like the Democrats will lose control of the House of Representatives by a small margin.

    As it stands, control of the Senate still hangs in the balance, which could spell trouble for Biden. However, many Republicans are also casting the results as a big setback for Donald Trump.

    Newsnight’s Diplomatic Editor Mark Urban reports from Washington DC.

    Produced by Louis Harris-White.

    Please subscribe HERE bit.ly/1rbfUog

    #US #MidtermElections #BBCNews



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    Edward says:

    Even George Washington said it, political party polarisation will destroy America.

    Jordan Pollard says:

    @Major x Isn’t it ironic, now it’s the republicans taking away freedoms

    jim 99 says:

    300 years ago? In the interventing years the rest of the world has been blowing itself to pieces. Especially Europe.

    toonmag50 says:

    George Washington was British and only gained knowledge about North America from the French, as a result became a traitor.

    L.Fenton says:

    @Dave Oc How so?

    Dave Oc says:

    @L.Fenton the same way republicans are supposed to.

    K R says:

    Cards on the table…I thought Trump gaining the presidency would cause the career politicians to examine themselves closely and perhaps ask each other “What are we doing wrong that the electorate has so little faith in us?” I didn’t see much if any evidence of that. Until they do we’re stuck with what we’ve got but we don’t have to be at war with each other. Respect the other persons opinion. Accept the result. Be magnanimous in victory but gracious in defeat…Winston Churchill.

    Guinness says:

    @Jujutrini ain’t that the truth. Most of America want a one party state

    eduardosuarez says:

    @Jordan Pollard Yes, exactly. That was the OP’s point, except the OP seems to think politicans give a crap what the people think about them, beyond giving them their vote.

    Edix167 says:

    Rump won the election because he told people comfortable lies rather than difficult truths. The world is not all sunshine and rainbows. Tough decisions have to be made. Unfortuately some people dont like to accept that, so when someone comes along who points the finger at everyone else to assign blame to others for your problems, too many undereducated simpletons are suckered in by the fuzzy idea that everything you do is great but other people make things hard for you. In trumps case, it was migrants, a common theme for distraction by the right wing. In the UK its been migrants and the EU. Too many people on both sides of the pond are too quick to jump on migration to blame problems on rather than looking at themselves. Since Brexit the problems in the UK have only escalated, which you would assume proves the EU wasnt the problem, but those who supported leaving are still unable to give up their comfotable lie and accept the difficult truth. The last thing you want is for career politicians to start emulating someone like Trump. Countries should be governed by truth and facts, not the lies the electorate really want to hear.

    Edix167 says:

    @Guinness I didnt see your comment before posting but you prove me right about brexiteers.

    Iain Campbell says:

    @ KR – corruption is far deeper than you imagine.

    wullie G says:

    the americans will always choose the right path,once they have been down every avenue. sir winston spencer churchill.

    Honeybee says:

    America’s only 246 years old, and doing a pretty good job, even as we’re still learning. What’s your excuse?

    Guinness says:

    @Honeybee you think? Clinton, Trump and Biden is a pretty good job?

    Steve C says:

    @Honeybee America is going backwards. Infrastructure is crumbling, the poor are getting poorer, it’s getting more violent and it’s more divided than ever.

    Honeybee says:

    @Guinness Highest GDP in the world. Best military in the world. Founding member of NATO. Clinton, paid off the federal deficit and had a huge budget surplus at the end of his presidency. Biden has only been in office not quite 3 years and has signed some major legislation for infrastructure, healthcare costs, the largest bill ever targeting climate change, and student loan forgiveness for those in the most need. Trump sucked, but we all get some of them. Yeah, I’d say we’re good. Doesn’t mean we’re not learning and improving, but we’re a young country and still do exceptionally well in many areas. 🤷🏼‍♀️

    Honeybee says:

    @Steve C Just signed a bill targeting infrastructure, and there’s division everywhere. Apparently you don’t pay attention to any international news. England has every other country lined up wanting their crap that was stolen back, half the countries in the common wealth want to leave. And, half of their own people want the monarchy dissolved. Not to mention all the instability. Australia is in the middle of a huge housing crisis and if you don’t think they have their own version of maga conservatives there, you’re wrong. A lot of them LOVE Trump and all the crap he stands for. And it’s also fairly unstable. I could go on, but I think I’ve made my point. Every country has issues. People like to bash the US, but how old is your country and you’re still no better off.

    AB Smith says:

    Who controls the house now Rancid Pelosie has been retired? Who will control the senate once the “new normal “ voting season is over ? Trump wins ….AGAIN !! 😂😂😂

    nick owen says:

    Trump is being afforded restricted airspace by the US military again since nov 1st. When you find out why your jaw will drop. Enjoy the show. 😉

    George Khoory says:

    1:26 “people vote for who they like” yes very deep analysis very true very good. People get so technical with what they say and feel so proud about it they loop back and say something everyone gets but with the most elaborate terms possible.

    alungwilliams1 says:

    why is donald trump still the focus of the mainstream media? the BBC of all places should be focused on the clownshow that is UK politics. trump hasn’t been president for 2 years. let it go already.

    alungwilliams1 says:

    @Dave Oc strange, wasn’t he the most popular in US history? Or was it just as most of the world thought and most voted ABT (anyone but trump)

    alungwilliams1 says:

    @Jo Sm media bias is well known across the world

    Dave Oc says:

    @alungwilliams1 we all know that election was questionable

    alungwilliams1 says:

    @Dave Oc I agree, I’m not in America and I could see it

    Dave Oc says:

    @alungwilliams1 neither am I and we could all see it

    strange lee says:

    What no giant balloon mocking Trump in the BBC studios this time?
    ‘Impartial’…don’t make me laugh.

    Steve C says:

    The BBC is now run by Boris Johnsons mates. Still not impartial but now on the right

    Jim Bowen says:

    They won the house; and can still win the senate?

    Fraser Stewart says:

    They won’t win the Senate. The Democrats have already managed to flip a state, despite having already been in control of the Senate. The house isn’t won yet either, but the Republicans will likely gain the house, which is what typically occurs in US politics when the other party controls the Senate.

    jhrdcchtgvdskujhb (The holoman on the moon!) says:

    EXACTLY

    JF says:

    They won the house, and unsure about the senate

    MrShell311 says:

    Due to the very poor education system (or fraud), some states in the US can’t count votes in a single night – even tho they have early voting! Somehow every other country in the world, far less developed, free and more remote – can do it in under 12 hours. US doesn’t even offer a reason as to why they take WEEKS to count votes. Very sketchy. So watch those delayed counts turn up just enough votes to announce Dems victory.

    Graham Turner says:

    Time for Donnie to form a MAGA party. 😊

    Rashaud Scott says:

    Cult party

    Honeybee says:

    Be hard to do from prison.

    Tidecaller says:

    @Rashaud Scott democrats are a cult

    Dj Kim vlogger says:

    Trump let’s go ! 🇺🇸

    CountScarlioni says:

    More like “Let go of Trump”

    salvadormarley says:

    I can’t decide what’s funnier, US politics or my country’s politics (UK) Two fabulous sitcoms.

    n Uso says:

    For real😂

    Steve C says:

    @Bill Wild Britain’s Trump. Both born in New York, both incredibly wealth, both repeat failures both have an incredible capacity for lying

    me the one says:

    @Bill Wild yh but you couldn’t put him anywhere near on par with biden , i mean a bit of a sap but he’s far from stupid

    TetraQuark says:

    Bet China is loving the discord

    toonmag50 says:

    At least Trump is half British and fully European, rather than Anglo-Turkish as is Johnson.

    NoName ChilliCrab says:

    It was not a disaster

    StahliBoi says:

    Pretty sure they were all saying the same thing about Trump before he won it last time 🤣

    Diverse Synergy says:

    Because the BBC loves referendums so much?

    You did a great job of respecting the last referendum we had in the UK after all, didn’t you BBC?

    I say this as somebody who voided my ballot in that referendum, as I’m one of the few people out there who genuinely couldn’t give a monkeys either way whether we’re in Europe or not. You’re asking me to choose between a load of self-interested politicians in Westminster who don’t care a jot about me, or a load of self-interested politicians in Brussels who don’t care a jot about me.

    Some choice that was…

    Infinitystar 2 says:

    There’s more to the being in the EU than you’re deliberately avoiding, there is a difference if we’re in or not.

    toonmag50 says:

    As a brit I have no idea how the US Greco Roman based elected dictatorship works and i imagine that the Chinese just consider this half way thing just a complete confusing irrelevance.

    D says:

    We need a unification candidate to take the heat out of politics and show tolerence and respect to all opinions

    Blatherskite says:

    Exactly how much time do you think US news channels devote to discussing the cut and thrust of local elections in other countries?

    armondtanz says:

    Trump derrangement syndrome is everywhere…

    MrShell311 says:

    Noticing this attempt at causing division with the Republicans – Trumps Vs DeSantis. Quite honestly, the people win either way! Both great leaders and both hated by the Dems (so you know they‘re doing something very right). Hopefully DeSantis can hold on or take the VP position. But if not, I’d be happy either way.

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