Defiant Trump blames media, fellow Republicans for House losses

ASSOCIATED PRESS               Deb Haaland

Is the world coming to an end?

Trump briefly sought to strike a statesmanlike tone in his first public remarks after the loss, praising House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi for her hard work and envisioning "a lovely, bipartisan type of situation" on infrastructure investments and healthcare.

Can someone call up Satan and see if Hell has frozen over?

A record number of women were elected to the House on Tuesday, almost two years after women spilled out into the streets of Washington and in cities across the country in defiance of the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

On Tuesday, Trump called House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, a conversation that her office said included congratulations and a nod to her pitch for bipartisanship.

That said, the dynamic of having a Democratic majority in the House and a Republican majority in the Senate brings other factors into play that don't involve powers exclusive to the House. "She has earned this great honor!", Trump said.

So, did the Russians hack the president's brain?

So for those who concentrate on the flashy stars and the largest states, Trump could boast of his breakthroughs. That state, Nevada, ousted Republican incumbent Dean Heller on Tuesday, in spite of Trump's repeated visits and rallies.

As polls showed for months that the Democrats were likely to flip the House, covert work began in the West Wing to prepare for a new, more contested chapter of the Trump presidency. The Republicans maintained control of the Senate with 51 to 45 seats.

President Donald Trump is praising candidates who embraced his policies and principles during the midterm election, saying they "did very well". "Those that did not, say goodbye!" he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. Ahhh, that's more like it.

If the White House doesn't block such requests in court, they could shed light on Trump's worldwide business empire - and what role it's playing in USA relations with the world.

Nancy Pelosi predicted that her party would win big during the Midterms. "Now I'm saying we will win" she told Stephen Colbert during an October 30 appearance on the Late Show, per Deadline. "I feel like we've accomplished a lot", he said.

In suburban areas where key House races were decided, female voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin.

"If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level".

Waters also said Democrats had not yet decided whether to issue subpoenas to Deutsche Bank over President Donald Trump's finances.

Essentially, the party needs to determine how it can reclaim the loyalty of the country's vast working class, the bedrock of the Democrats' governing coalition beginning with Franklin Roosevelt in 1932.

It's an open question whether this was a considered strategy, a desperate Hail Mary pass, simply the only place they had to go politically, or just the state of the Republican id in 2018.

In a democracy, there is naturally a tendency to conclude that the public must generally agree with whatever the ruling party espouses. Considering this statement ignores how the Republican Party acted when President Barack Obama was in office (remember the fifty-plus attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act or how they stole a Supreme Court seat by not confirming Merrick Garland?) it should be taken with a grain of salt. On one hand, his tireless campaigning and the intensity of his support contributed to an outcome far less damaging to his administration than it might have been.

The news for the next year or longer seems likely to be dominated by a steady stream of coverage of the people closest to Trump as they testify before Congress under duress, or under a grant of immunity, or coverage of their refusal to speak at all for fear of incriminating themselves. "In this all important final week, only by relentlessly driving home our For The People message of health, jobs and integrity in government will we win a better future for all Americans".



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