Welcome to WHAT NOW, a morning round-up of the news/fresh horrors that await you today.
On the heels of so many historic victories Tuesday night comes a reminder that the other half of the country—which almost certainly weren’t backing the emerging coalition of women, people of color, and LGBTQ Democrats who won—would vote for Donald Trump again in a heartbeat.
New polling produced on election night and published on Thursday morning found a staggering 82% of those who said they voted for Trump said they’d do it over again. That’s compared to 78% of voters who said they’d vote for Hillary Clinton again if given a 2016 do-over.
That leaves just 7% of Trump voters and 8% of Clinton voters who say they would change their vote.
But there were signs that the momentum glimpsed Tuesday night could continue. 62% of registered voters said the president does not deserve to be re-elected in 2020, a CNN poll found. When asked about whether they’d vote for Trump in a matchup with a generic, unnamed Democrat in the next presidential election, 46% chose the Democrat compared to 36% saying they’d pick the president (with 18% saying they were undecided).
That all seems to suggest that a significant portion of the country is hungry to vote for a decent candidate running against Trump—but who that will be remains to be seen.
- The massacre on a church in Sutherland Springs, TX which left 26 dead, including 8 children as young as 1, was recorded on video. Police are analyzing the footage, which the New York Times reported showed gunman Devin Kelley methodically shooting members of the congregation in the head, execution-style and pausing only to reload.
- Twitter decided to verify Jason Kessler, the guy whose “Unite the Right” event in Charlottesville culminated the death of anti-racist protester Heather Heyer. Kessler called Heyer “a fat, disgusting Communist” on the website in August.
- FEMA will start transporting Puerto Ricans still living in shelters after Hurricane Maria to the mainline U.S. They’re likely be bound for New York and Florida, two states with large Puerto Rican populations.
- Senate Republicans are expected to release their own version of the tax reform package today, which Politico reports will look slightly different than the House version.
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