President Trump held a lengthy post-election press conference this morning.
But there are other things to note in the presser.
Like the ‘Trump Effect’ on candidates.
The President was vigorously campaigning for candidates right up until the very end, holding massive rallies across the country.
Speaking in the East Room of the White House, Trump said that he held 30 rallies for Republicans the last 60 days and, “We saw candidates that I supported achieve tremendous success last night.”
“This vigorous campaigning stopped the blue wave that they talked about. I don’t know if there ever was such a thing, but there could have been if we didn’t do the campaigning,” the president said.
Trump earlier took to Twitter to congratulate Republican winners, to bid adieu to Republican losers who didn’t embrace him and to say that now he has a clear path toward “foreign nations (friends) that were waiting me out, and hoping, on Trade Deals.”
Source: ABC News
Those that worked with me in this incredible Midterm Election, embracing certain policies and principles, did very well. Those that did not, say goodbye! Yesterday was such a very Big Win, and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
President Trump gives kudos to those that stood with him and rubbed salt in the wound to those that didn’t want to associate themselves with him:
Here’s the list of the GOP candidates that lost, likely from distancing themselves from Trump.
“Peter Roskam didn’t want the embrace. Erik Paulsen didn’t want the embrace.” Trump said in a press conference on Wednesday. “Mia Love gave me no love.”
Illinois Rep Peter Roskam, Minnesota Rep Erik Paulsen, Utah Rep. Mia Love and Virginia Rep Barbara Comstock were among the Republicans that lost their re-election campaigns after rebuffing Mr Trump.
Mr Trump also rebuked Republican New Jersey Senate candidate Bob Hugin who fell short of ousting Democrat incumbent Senator Bob Menendez.
Source: Uk Independent
President Trump also mentioned Mike Kauffman, who was 9 points behind his opponent in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, John Faso of New York’s 19th Congressional District, and Carlos Curbelo who lost in Florida’s 26th Congressional District by just 4100 votes.
Mitch McConnell acknowledges President Trump’s role in making the gains in the Senate.
Republicans seem to have gained 3 — possibly even 4 — Senate seats in a midterm election.
That. Is. Huge.
It’s only the third time in the past 100 years that the party holding the White House has gained seats in the Senate in a mid-term election while losing seats the House. The same split outcome also occurred in 1970, 1962 and 1914.
Historically the party in the White House has lost badly in midterms, especially when a president’s job-approval rating was below 50% as it is now with Trump. The president’s party has lost an average of 37 seats since the end of World War Two.
In a long and contentious press conference, Trump on Wednesday insisted the Republican gains in the Senate marked “a great victory,” noting how often the president’s party tends to suffer in midterm elections. He credited himself with helping to limit Republican losses.
So, buck up, kiddos.
Besides, Donald J. Trump absolutely thrives when he has opposition.
And now, we kick it up for 2020, amirite?
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