Voters in Virginia are already experiencing a vicious fight for 2020, and it’s not even 2020 yet.
As the state with arguably the most complicated racial history in the US, how are voters going to respond with constant scandal on each side of the aisle?
After being humiliated by Democratic leadership in blackface, now there’s some substantial scandal on the Republican side, as well.
As reported by Reuters:
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed Republican legislators in Virginia a defeat, leaving in place a ruling that invalidated state electoral districts they drew because they weakened the clout of black voters in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
The justices, in a 5-4 decision, sidestepped a ruling on the merits of the case. They instead found that the Republican-led state House of Delegates lacked the necessary legal standing to appeal a lower court ruling that had invalidated 11 state House districts for racial discrimination.
So it appears as though the Republicans never even got a chance to bring their case forward, and instead the SCOTUS just decided that they didn’t have the “standing” to appeal.
That’s a huge setback for Virginia Republicans.
TrendingPolitics.com: All The Top Trump News WITHOUT The Liberal Censorship
But haven’t we been listening to Liberals endlessly bellyaching about Trump’s SCOTUS picks? Didn’t they claim that the end of their world was coming because now every SCOTUS decision would fall to the Conservatives?
Painfully, but not surprisingly, they were wrong.
The court was not split on ideological lines, with Ginsburg joined in the majority by fellow liberal justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor as well as two conservative justices, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch.
The case involved a hot topic for the Supreme Court: a practice called gerrymandering involving the manipulation of electoral district boundaries to marginalize a certain set of voters and increase the influence of others. In this case, the Republican legislators were accused of racial gerrymandering to disadvantage black voters.
Accusations get thrown around all the time in politics, so there’s nothing surprising there. After the SCOTUS decision, though, it appears as though there could be foul play at hand.
VOTER POLL: Do You Still Stand With President Trump?
But what do the Republicans have to say in defense?
The National Republican Redistricting Trust, a group that backs Republican efforts to redraw electoral districts, criticized the ruling.
“It seeds confusion into a volatile, evolving body of law that demands clarity just as the next redistricting cycle begins,” said Adam Kincaid, the group’s executive director.
New electoral maps will be drawn nationwide following the 2020 census.
Since the Virginia maps that were challenged in the case were drawn, Democrats have made gains in Virginia in both state and federal elections.
The Democrats must certainly be rejoicing over the news, as this may serve to help them in upcoming elections.
VOTE NOW: Should James Comey Be ARRESTED For Spying On Trump?
I mean, just think what a victory they could have if they could actually find candidates without multiple sexual assault or blackface scandals?
CNBC reported on the Democrat’s dillemna back in February:
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring admitted Wednesday that he wore blackface to dress up like a rapper at a college party in 1980, throwing even more political chaos into a state whose governor is ensnared in his own blackface scandal and whose lieutenant governor is accused of sexual assault.
Herring, a Democrat, is third in line to the governor’s office.
Just four days ago, Herring had said “it is no longer possible” for Gov. Ralph Northam to remain in office because of revelations that Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook page contained a photo of a man in blackface and another man dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Northam on Saturday denied being either of those men in that photo but disclosed he had worn shoe polish on his face to dress up like Michael Jackson at a dance contest in 1984.
Herring left his own future as AG up in the air after disclosing he wore blackface.
VOTE NOW: Should Natural-Born Citizenship Be REQUIRED To Serve In Congress?
But it gets even worse:
And Northam’s would-be successor, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, another Democrat, was accused earlier this week of sexually assaulting a woman at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. He denies her accusation.
If Northam, Fairfax and Herring all resign, the state’s speaker of the House of Delegates, Kirk Cox, would become governor. Cox is a Republican.
Now, although Democrats are loudmouths when it comes to calling for someone else’s resignation due to scandal, they are quite quiet when it comes to actually resigning for their own scandals.
So there are plenty of Democratic players still on the field with stained jerseys.
So although it would seem that the SCOTUS gerrymandering decision looks pretty bleak for Virginia Republicans, things still appear pretty complicated, all things considered.
This 2020 election just keeps getting more and more interesting, don’t you think?
What are your thoughts? Leave them in the comment box below!