NEW YORK – There has been more than enough going on in American politics lately. The midterm elections did not turn out according to the forecasts of the Republicans, who were supposed to literally overwhelm the Democrats. Former US President Donald Trump has decided to run again, and Nancy Pelosi will no longer run for the post of Speaker. In this rush of several events, the first African-American president of the USA, Barack Obama, expressed his opinion.
On the Daily Show with Trevor Noah, he quotes Vanity Fair, the 44th US President Barack Obama used a quote about democracy, where he outlined that by definition it requires getting along between people who have different opinions. Subsequently, he also mentioned the unwritten rules of the game when electing people’s representatives in the country. “This is not a political dispute. The rules of the game, which we agreed to before, now stand in our way. An election will be held, and whoever gets the most votes will win. The loser will admit defeat and try to win next time. This is how it should be, but after all over the world these principles are being questioned,” Obama said.
The former US president was also surprised by his participation in the last midterms. As he said, after 2014, when low participation in the elections was recorded, an anomaly subsequently arose. “With the advent of Donald Trump, more young voters came. Usually it was 70 to 30 or 60 to 40 for the Democrats, which was a huge difference. A young person has more to do, so it was mostly older people who went to vote. But that changed, “ he explained. Therefore, according to him, the enthusiasm of the Republicans during the last election was not at all surprising.
After the elections, however, a situation arose where the Democrats retained their majority in the Senate, but lost control of the House. “When it turns out that the result we are counting on is not according to our expectations, we are able to do and say anything to win. It is very dangerous and it is not only a problem of the USA, but of the whole world. Democracy only weakens in this way, “ added Obama in conclusion.