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It is getting worse, and better. Bear with me.

The Good

As a man, I cannot be happier seeing record numbers of my sisters running for office, as a wave of women, primarily Democrats, take on the current Republican majority. Call it the “Trump Effect” Exhibit “A”. Bloomberg has a realistic breakdown about the chances that the women prevail in the elections. But, that is almost beside the point. One can look at men of any type and only a select few succeed in their first attempts to run for office, so we cannot be discouraged if the wave of women candidates doesn’t result in a full wave of victories. We have already won by hearing women’s voices, women’s concerns, and it is wonderful, real democracy.

As the loving father of a 10 year old girl, nothing makes me happier than the thought that she will be a “full” citizen of the United States, able to care for herself, and have her voice heard.

The Bad

Juxtaposed against the good news regarding women, is that the Trump Effect (Exhibit B) seems to go both ways. MSNBC reports that a record number of White Supremacists are also running for office this November.

Huffington post also ran an article not long ago about the depth of the problem.

At least three white supremacists are running for Congressional office, with another running for a state House seat. Two other candidates attempted to run, one of whom proudly ran as a proud, express racist. The other simply had ties to white supremacist groups but won’t go so far as to call himself a white supremacist. The latter two announced runs for public office, but each dropped out. One can presume they dropped out due to lack of interest and humiliation. Guess which party they ran under?

But, the real insidious part of the bad “Trump Effect” is the “hidden” white supremacists, which are literally everywhere, pretty-well everyone still strongly supporting Trump throughout his lies. As Huff Post notes:

Still more Republican candidates, many of whom are running for re-election, have used white supremacist slogans, invited white supremacists to official government events, or granted interviews to racist or anti-Semitic publications,

Still more Republican candidates, many of whom are running for re-election, have used white supremacist slogans, invited white supremacists to official government events, or granted interviews to racist or anti-Semitic publications

The Huffington Post has a complete list of candidate.

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