Women candidates make history in USA 2018 midterm elections

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2018

Also, more said they showed up at the polls to express opposition than did those who said they were casting a ballot to support him.

"Hopefully we can all work together next year to continue delivering for the American people", Trump said.

There are several names that have been floated as potential speaker candidates - Reps. "Mia Love gave me no love", he said.

Asked how he would respond to an order from House Democrats to provide his tax returns, he repeated past statements he first made during the presidential campaigns that he wanted to wait until audits are completed. After shepherding the Affordable Care Act through Congress, she was relegated to the post of minority leader after the Republican wave in 2010.

History was working against the president in the Senate: 2002 was the only midterm election in the past three decades when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.

The GOP is expected to add to its Senate edge, but Democrats regained control of the House. When the president tweets that the mixed election outcome was a "very Big Win" after his party lost its majority in the House of Representatives, it speaks volumes for where he is concentrating his efforts.

At his news conference, Trump said "there was nothing sarcastic" about his praise, saying she had "fought long and hard".

The Trump base will have no problem believing him when he says that Pelosi and her Democrats are to blame for every ill in the country. After eight years in the US House, she was one of the rare high-profile Republican women seeking a promotion in a campaign year defined more by the enthusiasm of Democratic women and the proliferation of Democratic female candidates. Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, for example was defeated although he had embraced Trump, with both highlighting their desire to get more of the president's judicial nominees confirmed, a top priority for many social conservatives.

Trump, who had spent months demonizing Democrats as lawless "mobs" and telling his rally crowds that their ascendancy would tank the economy and plunge the nation into crime-ridden chaos, said Wednesday it was time for bipartisan co-operation. He reiterated that he was reviewing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke job as well, following numerous reports of ethical violations.

Trump again denounced special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between Trump's 2016 campaign and the Russian government, claiming he could have shut it down.

He said: "I'm proud of what happened".

Still, he is unlikely to be pleased with the Democratic inroads that will see Democrats now hold the power to hold subpoena-backed investigations of the president and his administration that could see the president make public his tax returns, something he has vehemently opposed despite prior precedent.

"At the end of the day, ME people don't care which party you identify with, they just want someone who is honest, believes in our state and vows to do what they say they'll do", Jackson said.

Although Trump has regularly insulted reporters, his remarks Wednesday reached a fresh nadir.

Journalists assigned to cover the White House apply for passes that allow them daily access to press areas in the West Wing.

He called himself "a great moral leader", and in answer to another question said he has never used racist remarks.

"They can play that game, but we can play it better".

Democrats have promised to hold oversight hearings on the Trump administration when they take control in January.

And then there's a lawsuit against Trump by almost 200 Democratic senators and representatives who accuse Trump of constantly violating the Constitution's emoluments provision banning the acceptance of gifts from foreign and domestic interests. They must think carefully about whether to proceed with a "presidential harassment" strategy that exploits their new majority in the House to afflict Trump, he said.

Democrats could derail Trump's legislative agenda for the next two years should they win control of the House.

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