Trump blasts Roskam, other losing House Republicans, for not embracing him

Lamar Ellis
November 8, 2018

In an extraordinarily combative news conference Wednesday after voters delivered him a rebuke by giving control of the House to Democrats, President Trump went after Republicans, Democrats and the media.

She said: "Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans, it's about restoring the Constitution's checks and balances to the Trump administration".

"Now is the time for members of both parties to join together, put partisanship aside, and keep the American economic miracle going strong", Trump said.

"What was effectively a referendum on Mr. Trump's incendiary conduct and hard-right nationalism may make some of the party's lawmakers uneasy about linking themselves to a president who ended the campaign showering audiences with a blizzard of mistruths, conspiracy theories and invective about immigrants".

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. LePage governed largely by mobilizing the House minority Republican caucus to sustain a record number of 642 vetoes - more than all other ME governors combined going back to 1917 and 80 times as many as his predecessor, Baldacci.

"I think that's a really poor way for the Legislature to function", Libby said.

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

In theory, the new Democratic majority would have the capacity to initiate impeachment proceedings against Trump should there be sufficient grounds in Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation.

He scorned Utah's Mia Love and Virginia's Barbara Comstock.

Democratic leaders plan to satisfy those demands by using their newfound majority to push through long-stalled initiatives that they say have broad support within the electorate.

"Yesterday was such a very Big Win, and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!" he added.

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.

Trump said he hadn't asked Pence yet but then turned to the vice president and said: "Mike, will you be my running mate?" Trump said he was moving on, and the reporter actually refused to give up the microphone when an aide tried to take it.

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Trump said he is "looking at different people for different positions", adding that "it is very common after the midterms".

With 218 seats needed for a majority in the 435-member Houses, Democrats have won 220 and the Republicans 193, with winners undetermined in 22 races.

The Republican Senate candidate was also leading in Arizona while Democrats picked up a Republican Senate seat in Nevada.

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.

A Democrat-controlled House will hamper Trump's pro-business agenda and could lead to uncertainty about his administration, but corporate tax cuts and deregulation measures that have played a large hand in the United States stock market's rally since the 2016 election are likely to remain untouched.

"We'll fill in the gaps on the Russian Federation investigations", he said of the Mueller probe. This will include a review of the heretofore elusive Trump corporate and individual income tax returns.

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

"All you're going to do is end up in back and forth and back and forth, and two years is going to go up and we won't have done a thing".

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 health care.

Men, meanwhile, were about evenly split, with 50 percent voting for Republicans to 48 percent choosing Democrats.

Top Democrat Nancy Pelosi offered to work with Mr Trump, but pledged due oversight of his administration.

But the GOP solidified their Senate majority after an acerbic midterm election that enshrined America's deep political divides and shaped a highly contentious battleground for the stirring 2020 presidential race.

At a White House news conference, Trump noted the contenders who ran with him and won, including Illinois GOP Reps.

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