Fox News host Jeanine Pirro believes that the student loan “buyout” and “abortion” won the midterm elections for the Democrat Party.
“The Five” co-host Jesse Watters asked Pirro to comment on whether or not the results of the election will be interpreted as a call for a “more progressive Democratic Party.”
“They are taking this as a mandate. The way Jessica sees it is the way Democrats see it, that it is a mandate. This will be the most progressive next two years that we have ever seen,” Pirro said. She went on to say that would be great for the 2024 election – although if one does treat the midterms as a referendum on progressivism it doesn’t bode extremely well for Republicans in the next presidential election.
“What’s crazy is that you have one of the most unpopular presidents in history. You’ve got incredible problems with inflation, with the economy, with Afghanistan. Everything about what we’ve been through in the last two years has been a nightmare,” Pirro continued.
President Biden’s approval ratings currently reside at a dismal 41% which is much lower than former Presidents Barack Obama, and George W. Bush were this in part of their first terms.
Biden’s approval rating is much more on par with his immediate predecessor, Donald Trump, whose approval ratings at the 665-day mark of his presidency were only marginally higher than Biden’s at 42.5%. The main difference between the two, however, is that Trump’s rating began low and remained fairly consistent throughout his four-year term. This suggests that Trump didn’t disappoint his base during his tenure.
In contrast, Biden’s disapproval ratings have risen from 36% when he was sworn into office to 53% currently. This drastic change shows that Biden’s term had been met with an optimism that, over the course of the last two years, he quickly betrayed.
“I will tell you what won this election for the Democrats. Young people came out and voted. They got paid, they got their student loans paid back. It was a buyout!” Pirro continued. Pirro isn’t alone in this assertion. Many are pointing to the Gen Z seawall that staved off what appeared to be a red wave. Gen Z voters continued their trend of high voting turnouts since the last midterms of 2018 and voted for Democrats over their Republican counterparts by an overwhelming 25 points.
Another poll shows that young voters aged 18-29 had the second highest turnout in three decades and voted for Democrats over the GOP by a whopping 28 points.
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) November 15, 2022
Regarding student loan relief, however, young voters may have voted for a lost cause. A federal district judge has blocked Biden’s executive order saying that it is “an unconstitutional exercise of Congress’s legislative power and must be vacated.” While the judge’s impediment may not be the nail in the coffin the illegal action deserves, the mandate faces a long litigating road ahead before any money reaches the pockets of young Americans.
“The other thing is abortion. It was all about abortion. Joe Biden didn’t do abortion. Abortion just fell out of this for whatever reason. It was in May or June of this year, and that was it. That’s all the Democrats needed. They will beat their chest and ‘it’s because we are so great. Joe Biden, what a leader,’ and that’s all I have to say,” Pirro concluded.
A HIT Strategies poll showed that a vast majority of voters, 74%, 18-34 cited abortion access as one of the most important issues they considered to be on the ballot. Democrats seized the opportunity by hedging their bets on the abortion issue by spending reportedly $124 million on ads mentioning the procedure – 20 more times than they spent on ads mentioning abortion in the 2018 midterms.
Their bets proved to be correct, and while the Gen Z electorate is only growing, GOP candidates will have to conduct outreach with young voters in 2024 much more effectively.
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