THICK END OF THE WEDGE
PETER BRUCE: Populism and lying come back to bite Trump in elections
Despite trying to whip up sentiment against immigrants in the closing days of the campaign, US president has been stopped in his tracks
The midterm election results out of the US this week show that country as divided as ever, but perhaps this time in a good way. President Donald Trump, despite trying to whip up populist sentiment against immigrants in the closing days of the campaign, has been stopped in his tracks as the Democrats took 26 seats in the House of Representatives to win back control for the first time in eight years. That’s a big deal. Though the Republicans took two Senate seats off the Democrats to retain control of the Senate, the fact is that the Democrats can now do to Trump what Republicans did to former president Barack Obama in his second term: shut him down. Like all midterms in the US, the vote is a sort of referendum on the president. The result here is mixed for Trump. The Democrats got their vote out and it showed not only in the House victory but also in state elections, where they won six governorships from the Republicans, including in the Midwest — Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, and Mic...