GOP maintains Senate control, while stars celebrate historic advancements for women including Congress' first Muslims, Native Americans and youngest-ever woman.
Hollywood voted and celebrated the night away as Democrats flipped the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years, with several record-breaking achievements along the way.
While some liberals might feel disillusioned that the GOP actually gained seats in the Senate, there was virtually no chance of a flip there because of the seats that were up for re-election this year. That race will be much more viable in 2020 when Trump himself is up for reelection.
For now, Hollywood and notable Democrats are trying to assure their supporters that winning the House back is a big deal, a monumental victory and something they should be very proud of. Legendary newsman Dan Rather tweeted, "There is maybe a drastic underappreciation of how Democratic control of the House will change the course of this country," calling it "a very big deal."
"There will be accountability," Debra Messing added. This gives Democrats subpoena power and provides real checks and balances on the Trump administration for the first time since his election. The effects of this should begin to be seen almost immediately.
But it's more than just a flipped House that's significant about 2018. More than 100 women were elected into office, including the first Muslim women in Congress, the first Native American women in Congress, the youngest Congresswoman ever, the first openly gay governor and many more progressive pushes.
For the largely Democratic Hollywood, this is a moment to celebrate these historic achievements in representation and a clarion call that there is more to do over the next two years.
I think with a lot of high hopes crashing for Democratic voters in places like Florida and with Beto, there is maybe a drastic underappreciation of how Democratic control of the House will change the course of this country. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a very big deal.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) November 7, 2018
Very excited the Dems got the House back and this crook will not continue to go unchecked. Good night!!— Andy Cohen (@Andy) November 7, 2018
Today is the first day in history the US has elected more than 100 women to the House. pic.twitter.com/04Jdbzxj7X— Marissa Horn (@MarissaL_Horn) November 7, 2018
We won the House back and that is something to celebrate. There will be accountability; the checks & balances that our forefathers imagined. Women won all across this country. That is… https://t.co/7UtNZKMFZT— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) November 7, 2018
"Democrats were hoping for major midterm magic and they got it in the House. President Trump is reportedly already blaming Paul Ryan. He is so disappointed in the Speaker of The House, he might start calling him 'Don Jr.'" - @JimmyKimmel #ElectionNight #Midterm2018 #KimmelLIVE— Jimmy Kimmel Live (@JimmyKimmelLive) November 7, 2018
Democrats flipped the house w/ historic wins by women + people of color, some slashing decades-long red strongholds. And 1.4 million formerly incarcerated people have regained the right to vote. Despite gerrymandering + suppression. Something powerful has happened. Believe that.— Ava DuVernay (@ava) November 7, 2018
Incredibly disappointed about Beto, Gillum and Abrams because voter suppression was rampant. But Dems took the House and that is huge. And we have three new stars who will be making much noise in 2020.— Gina Prince-Bythewood (@GPBmadeit) November 7, 2018
Thrilled to take back the House !!!— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) November 7, 2018
Favorite consolation prize… The Beto F Bomb !!! pic.twitter.com/fwdXXfVtOO
DEMOCRATS JUST TOOK BACK THE HOUSE YES I AM SCREAMING— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) November 7, 2018
Trump will no longer weild unfettered power- there will be checks. Because we have the House.— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 7, 2018
To all of those who worked so unbelievably hard to make sure we finally had checks & balances in our country again, a sincere thank u tonight. I am constantly amazed by all of those who are rolling up their sleeves & doing everything that they can do to combat this chaos. ❤️U— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 7, 2018
The House is the PEOPLE’S house.— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) November 7, 2018
It’s the People who will save this country. Not overnight. Not easily. The hard work continues.
But we’ve wedged our foot in before Fascism could slam the door on Democracy.
And we’re here to stay.
Congratulations to everyone who endured discomfort, long lines, broken machines, rain and obstruction to cast their votes and bring some semblance of balance back to our government. WINNERS? DON’T GLOAT, AND DON’T SEEK REVENGE. BE MAGNANIMOUS IN VICTORY.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 7, 2018
I wish Beto/Gillum/Stacey would have won, but tonight is great. A bunch of young and exciting new candidates won all over the country and we got some big ballot measures passed and now we can run some checks and try to get some BALANCE🇺🇸— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) November 7, 2018
Dems take the House.— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) November 7, 2018
Checks and balances do your thing.
WE FLIPPED THE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU FOR VOTING!!!!!!!!— billy eichner (@billyeichner) November 7, 2018
Non-lunatics are the clear majority in this country. Trump & Republicans should fall on their knees for the constitutional allotment of senators.— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) November 7, 2018
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