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Red wave? As Alyssa Farah Griffin put it, the 2022 midterms were more like a "lavender haze" for Republicans, who failed to meet pundits' expectations in key elections. Though votes are still being counted in some areas, the women of The View were giddy as they discussed Democrats' major wins — and the downfall of MAGA candidates endorsed by former President Trump.
Noted poll-hater Whoopi Goldberg began the discussion in "I told you so" mode, explaining that "the people" made their voices heard at the ballot box. "You can try to repress the vote, but people came out from under buildings, they came from helicopters," she said. "Never, ever give up on the American people when it comes to voting. It might not always go your way, but we will come out and do what we're supposed to do!"
Joy Behar agreed, proclaiming that she feels "cautiously optimistic" about the next few years. Still, she insisted "the Democrats should learn from this," as "we should've had a blue tsunami." Said Behar, "There is no good messaging going on on the Democratic side ... 'It's democracy, stupid!' 'It's abortion rights, stupid!' 'It's voting rights, stupid!' And sell it! Go out there and sell it!"
Interestingly, Griffin, the lone Republican at the table, was equally positive in her outlook. "This is the best I've felt about the country," she said. "People voted what was right for their community, and we're going to have a bit of split government. I don't think that's a bad thing."
"But, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention: The single biggest loser of the night last night was Donald J. Trump," continued Griffin. "He dragged down Republican candidates in a huge way. He insisted on putting up candidates based on their fealty to him, not their qualifications. Don Bolduc, Doug Mastriano, down the ballot, losing seats Republicans could've won."
RED WAVE FAILS TO MATERIALIZE IN MIDTERMS: While #Election2022 votes are still being counted, Republicans didn’t perform as anticipated – #TheView co-hosts discuss #ElectionDay and share their thoughts about the wins and losses so far. https://t.co/T0Rbz9gB5a pic.twitter.com/pSPNSJkLqD— The View (@TheView) November 9, 2022
Griffin went on to say that she hopes Trump's failure to draw voters will be a wake-up call for her fellow Republicans. "It might actually be the turning of the page," she concluded.
The optimism continued from Sunny Hostin and Sara Haines, who argued that the midterms were a referendum on "election deniers" as much as they were on Trump. "By and large, it's a more hopeful country after today," added Hostin.
After some more back and forth, the ladies turned their attention to 2024. "My party didn't walk away from Trump even after he incited a violent insurrection on the Capitol," said Griffin. "Maybe they care more about winning and the fact that they lost will finally be the reason they walk away [from Trump]. I'm hoping they see DeSantis, I'm hoping they see Tim Scott, who swept to victory, and think, 'We could have a better future.'"
"The love affair with Trump is over!" proclaimed Behar. "He's home eating those cheeseburgers now. Believe me."
Will Griffin and Behar's declaration come true? There are only 727 days to go before the 2024 presidential election, so expect to hear about it on The View for at least 600 of those days.
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Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.