Bob Woodward’s takeaways from the U.S. midterm elections

The Democrat’s victory in the U.S. midterm elections does not mean that people should expect change, said Bob Woodward, an American-Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and author.

As of 4 p.m. on Wednesday the Democratic Party has 222 seats in the House of Representatives, slightly over 50 per cent, during the midterm elections.

“The Democrats now have the House of Representatives. … But it is not a situation that necessarily means change,” said Woodward at an event at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto on Wednesday.

Woodward believes that the law does not make a lot of difference to current U.S. President Donald Trump and that the president has gained more power as time has gone on.

“There is a concentration of power in the presidency which I think Americans don’t fully appreciate and understand,” said Woodward.

He believes that presidents have the power to start wars, and this should not be overlooked.

Andrew Peat, portfolio manager at TD Bank who attended Woodward’s talk, said, “Amidst all the chaos in American politics right now, which can seem entertaining and intriguing, there’s a serious point of view that any sort of miscalculation or misjudgment can lead to escalation, especially war,” said

During the conversation, Woodward also spoke about another important reality of the midterm elections.

“The influence of women is much greater in American politics, thank God. It probably is not fully realized yet but it is going to become more and more realized in coming years,” said Woodward.

These midterm elections have broken records for the number of female candidates and women of colour running, according to Business Insider.

This is the first time Native American, Muslim and Korean-American women have been elected to Congress.  It also had the highest early-voter turnout in a non-presidential election in the United States.

“I hope that this (election) has engaged a base of people that were disengaged or that were apathetic to get on board and get involved. I think we saw a lot of women, and a lot of minorities coming back into play last night and at the end of the day it’s apathy that got us here, so it’s encouraging to see a more engaged base,” said Rhiannon Traill, president and CEO of the Economic Club of Canada in an interview.

Wednesday’s event, which was hosted by Canada 2020, provided Woodward an opportunity to comment on the election and engage in an interview with editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail, David Walmsley.

Woodward also spoke on his recently published book, Fear: Trump in the White House, where he exposes secrets of the Trump presidency.

Trump has denied the allegations in Woodward’s book.

“The Woodward book is a joke – just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources. Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction. Dems can’t stand losing. I’ll write the real book!,” he said in a tweet on Sept. 10.

The next U.S. presidential election is scheduled for Nov. 3, 2020.

 

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