President TrumpDonald John TrumpMidterms: The winners and losers GOP Rep. Mike Bost wins reelection in Illinois Sisolak becomes first Dem to win Nevada governor race since 1994 MORE on Wednesday took a victory lap after the midterm elections, saying Republicans defied the chances by stopping a so-called “blue wave” of Democrats from taking management of each chambers of Congress.
“There was a giant day yesterday. Unbelievable day,” Trump mentioned throughout a White Home information convention. “The Republican Social gathering defied historical past to develop our Senate majority whereas considerably beating expectations within the Home.”
Trump suffered a serious blow on Tuesday when the GOP misplaced management of the Home, however the president has downplayed that defeat, arguing he feels vindicated by the ends in the Senate, the place Republicans appear like they’ll achieve three or 4 seats.
The president famous that of the 11 candidates he campaigned with in the course of the remaining week of the race, 9 received.
“This vigorous campaigning stopped the blue wave,” he mentioned. “Historical past will actually see what a superb job we did within the remaining few weeks.”
Trump blamed GOP losses within the Home on the excessive variety of retirements, giant fundraising totals for Democrats, in addition to destructive media protection that he mentioned “set a brand new report.”
He additionally referred to as out a number of Home lawmakers by identify, saying their failure to embrace him let to their defeats despite the fact that they ran in districts the place he’s unpopular.
“Too dangerous Mike,” Trump mentioned of Rep. Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanMidterms: The winners and losers Dems projected to retake House majority Coffman loses GOP seat in Colorado MORE (R), who misplaced in Colorado. The president additionally appeared delighted that GOP Reps. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloMidterms: The winners and losers Five takeaways from a divisive midterm election Many authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress MORE (Fla.), Rep. Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockFive takeaways from a divisive midterm election Comey cheers midterm results: ‘The giant is stirring’ Dems projected to retake House majority MORE (Va.) and Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveElection Day: An hour-by-hour viewer’s guide Trump surprise rattles GOP in final stretch Election Countdown: One week from midterms, House battlefield expands MORE (Utah) have been all defeated whereas distancing themselves from him.
“Mia Love gave me no love. And she or he misplaced. Too dangerous. Sorry about that Mia,” he mentioned.
Taking on the Home is a serious victory for Democrats, permitting them their first probability to behave as a test on Trump. They’re anticipated to hold out aggressive investigations of Trump’s companies and administration, a dynamic that might pose an actual problem for a president who has not needed to fear a few political opponent with energy.
However Trump instantly went on the offensive to try to flip the general public in opposition to the approaching onslaught of Home oversight probes, portray them as an “investigation fatigue” designed to trigger gridlock and stymie his agenda forward of the 2020 election.
“If that occurs, then we will do the identical factor and authorities involves a halt. And I’d blame them,” he mentioned.
Trump gave the impression to be sending a warning to Democrats that he might use them as a foil, but in addition dangled the opportunity of bipartisan offers on infrastructure and drug pricing.
“It actually may very well be a good looking bipartisan kind of state of affairs,” Trump mentioned.