Dem Senator: Big loser in Tuesday election was intolerance

Dem Senator: Big loser in Tuesday election was intolerance
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Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyHillicon Valley: Mueller indicts Russians for DNC hack | US officially lifts ZTE ban | AT&T CEO downplays merger challenge | Microsoft asks for rules on facial recognition technology | Dems want probe into smart TVs Dems push FTC to investigate smart TVs over privacy concerns Hillicon Valley: Hacker tried to sell military docs on dark web | Facebook fined over Cambridge Analytica | US closer to lifting ZTE ban | Trump, Obama lose followers in Twitter purge | DOJ weighs appeal on AT&T merger MORE (D-Mass.) said Wednesday that President Trump's policies and rhetoric prompted sweeping Democratic victories in state and local elections on Tuesday. 

“I think last night the big loser was intolerance. We saw that in the overwhelming numbers in New Jersey and Virginia. We saw it in cities and towns all across the country. The middle was basically rejecting this era of intolerance, which has opened up,” Markey said on CNN’s "State of the Union.”

Democrats won convincing victories Tuesday in elections for governor in New Jersey and Virginia and cut into Republican majorities in state legislatures across the country.

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Markey said Wednesday that the results are a response to Republican efforts to take away health care from voters and provide tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

“Trump won. He was on probation, however, with a lot of those voters who did vote for change but not for this kind of change,” he said. “And I think last night the bill came due, and we saw it in race after race all across the country.”

Looking ahead, Markey said Democrats must continue to fight “extremist policies” proposed by Republicans and be ready to present their own plans to create jobs and protect the environment.