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Michael Moore Celebrates Midterms but Doesn’t Seem to Understand How Elections Work

Leftist filmmaker was one of many celebrities working hard to make it appear that Democrats had an undeniable victory

Once again, leftist filmmaker Michael Moore is showing his lack of understanding for how elections work in the United States.

The “Fahrenheit 11/9” director appeared to be happy with the Democratic voter turnout in the 2018 midterm elections in a tweet he posted last night.

Moore tweeted, “But the best news is that once again we WON the MOST votes throughout the whole country! In all the House races combined we got 3 MILLION MORE votes than the Repubs. And TEN MILLION MORE in the Senate races! The majority of Americans rejected Trump and all that he stands for!”

The Democrats did win back the House of Representatives; but as liberal as he is, there is little reason Moore should be celebrating his side’s performance in the Senate.

As of Wednesday morning, the Republicans have retained the Senate majority.

Moore’s math is also off on the Senate popular vote given the seats that were up for re-election.

In all, there were 35 senators running for re-election and 26 of those seats were held by Democrats; the majority of those seats were in states won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Plus, in the most- opulated state in the country (California), two Democrats went head-to-head in the general election (Dianne Feinstein and Kevin de Leon).

Most importantly of all, though, is this: The national popular vote has nothing to do with the outcomes of federal elections in the United States. The country is a constitutional republic, not a direct democracy.

Moore also declared his side victorious in the election and praised the newly elected Democrats for their immutable characteristics — and not their ideas.

“VICTORY! We took the House with 35-40 NEW Democrats elected, the MAJORITY of them women! Two of them the first Muslim women ever in Congress. The 1st Native American woman ever elected to the House (over 500 years after the genocide began). The youngest woman ever elected (AOC!)!” he wrote.

The women he is referring to are Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Sharice Davids, Deb Haaland, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, all of whom are Democrats.

Unsurprisingly, however, Moore did not congratulate Republican Marsha Blackburn on becoming the first female senator to represent Tennessee.

When it comes to the way elections work in the country, Moore’s unorthodox way of thinking is nothing new. Just last month, he said he thought the Electoral College should be abolished, as he is apparently still angry about President Donald Trump’s 2016 victory.

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Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, and other outlets.