Democrats seize US House in rebuke to Trump

Henrietta Strickland
November 8, 2018

President Donald Trump took a buoyant view of midterm elections that saw his Republicans lose control of the House of Representatives.

One of those ways: launching into a rant and singling out vulnerable Republicans who distanced themselves from the president and lost.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is is likely to lead Democrats in the House next year, has also expressed a willingness to work with Trump on the issue.

As Election Day unfolded, Democrats were increasingly confident, predicting they would pick up at least the 23 seats needed for a House majority on the strength of voter enthusiasm, robust fundraising and unusually fresh candidates.

With control of the House, the Democrats now have powers to subpoena and investigate allegations of corruption and misconduct by officials in the Trump administration, including the president himself.

A Republican governorship majority coupled with GOP victories in gubernatorial races in battleground states may also boost Trump in 2020, since governors hold veto power over redistricting measures.

"They can play that game", he said.

"Or we can work together", he said, adding that "it really could be a handsome bipartisan type of situation".

The inquiry could potentially tie to a broader investigation into any connection between Mr Trump's presidential campaign and Russian involvement in the 2016 election - a charge the President has repeatedly and vehemently denied.

Democrats themselves sought to root their campaigns in more bread-and-butter issues, such as health-care and what they portrayed as Republican assaults on the popular aspects of Obamacare. "They ignored the consultants who said they should cover up their tattoos and smile more, and they ignored the powerful men of the Republican Party who never took them seriously anyway". "Yesterday was such a very Big Win, and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!"

At one point during the press conference, a visibly angry Trump branded CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta a "rude, bad person" and an "enemy of the people" in a testy exchange. About 15 percent said that this was the first time they'd voted in a midterm, according to CNN, compared to about 10 percent who said they were first-time voters in the 2016 election.

"Most of the candidates that the president actually went in and campaigned for and who embrace the president are doing well tonight", she said.

"You have some that said, 'Let's stay away, let's stay away.' They did very poorly", Trump said. In a split decision at the congressional level, Democrats won the House decisively, while Republicans padded their margin in the Senate.

Instead, the wave turned into bubble and foam when, instead of simply holding their one-seat Senate majority, as nearly universally predicted, the GOP exceeded expectations, adding three new seats by the time the dust settled Wednesday in the vote tallying.

"We will conduct the investigations that Republicans wouldn't conduct", Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell of California said on NBC's "Today" show.

"We'll fill in the gaps on the Russian Federation investigations", he said of the Mueller probe.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said he expected the president would be able to work with a divided Congress.

He tweeted: "To any of the pundits or talking heads that do not give us proper credit for this great Midterm Election, just remember two words - FAKE NEWS!"

"Maybe you get a ripple, but I certainly don't think that there's a blue wave", she told reporters, pointing to several early Republican wins. Republican Ron DeSantis ousted Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum by less than one percentage point in a hotly contested race in Florida; Mike DeWine won the governorship in OH; and Republican Brian Kemp was ahead of Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams by 1.6 points with 100 percent of precincts reporting. Republican incumbent Andy Barr fended off a strong challenged from Democrat Amy McGrath, a Naval Academy graduate and the first female U.S. Marine to pilot an F/A-18 Hornet in combat, in Kentucky's 6th Congressional District.

Senate passage at least would have allowed the GOP Congress to say it had fulfilled, however belatedly and imperfectly, a promise to America's voters that it had been mailing in every election since 2010.

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