Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Trump Mocks GOP Losers Who Kept Their Distance from Him

Democrats celebrate after candidate Laura Kelly was declared the winner over Kris Kobach at her election night party in Topeka Kansas on Nov 6 2018 US Democrats win House, Republicans keep Senate
Gustavo Carr | 08 November, 2018, 12:56

Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday in a midterm setback for Donald Trump, but the USA president managed to avoid a feared "blue wave" as his Republican Party expanded its Senate majority after a polarizing, racially charged campaign.

Americans voted on Tuesday in an election that is seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump's first two years of a four-year term.

In his first reaction to a mixed night, Trump chose to celebrate Republican successes.

Despite the results, Mr Trump wrote on Twitter: "Tremendous success tonight".

The Democratic majority in the lower chamber will be in a position to block Mr Trump's legislative programme.

Trump offered an olive branch to House Democrats as an alternative to an investigative face-off. Rep. Adam Schiff, who will likely chair the House Intelligence Committee, has previously indicated wanting to continue the investigation into alleged Russian Federation collusion.

"He's going to learn that he's not above the law", Nadler told CNN. The House Speaker is third in line to Presidency in the U.S. political hierarchy and considered one of the most powerful offices.

Overall, women voted considerably more in favour of congressional Democratic candidates - with fewer than 4 in 10 voting for Republicans, according to VoteCast, a nationwide survey of more than 115,000 voters and about 20,000 non-voters - conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago.

"It may not be a blue wave, it's a rainbow wave", he said.

What we know so far from the midterm election results
Yet it may be effective in largely rural states where he remains popular and where numerous closest Senate races are playing out. Victories in contested House races across Florida, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Minnesota gave them cause for optimism.

A CNN/SSRS poll released Monday showed Democrats with a gaping 55% to 42% lead over Republicans among likely voters in a generic congressional ballot.

It could have been a much bigger night for Democrats, who suffered stinging losses in OH and in Florida, where Trump-backed Republican Ron DeSantis ended Democrat Andrew Gillum's bid to become the state's first African-American governor.

Trump's personal income taxes, which he withheld during the 2016 campaign and in his two years in office, are expected to be the purview of the House Ways and Means Committee. Instead, the wave turned into bubble and foam when, instead of simply holding their one-seat Senate majority, as nearly universally predicted, the GOP exceeded expectations, adding three new seats by the time the dust settled Wednesday in the vote tallying.

"This is the year of the woman, and the fact that women were willing to put themselves on the line is important, whether they've been Republicans or Democrats", said former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, a first-time candidate who defeated Republican Maria Elvira Salazar in south Florida. Joe Donnelly in Indiana. If the special counsel, Robert S Mueller III, finds substantial evidence of illegal conduct during the 2016 election, he now will have a receptive wing of government to pursue his findings.

Republicans found comfort in a series of Senate gains.

The president told reporters at the White House that he won despite historic odds.

Senate passage at least would have allowed the GOP Congress to say it had fulfilled, however belatedly and imperfectly, a promise to America's voters that it had been mailing in every election since 2010.

Beyond trying to get their hands on the Holy Grail of President Donald Trump's business dealings - his tax returns - House Democrats are prepared to use their newfound majority and subpoena power to go after all manner of financial records that could back up their claims that he's using his presidency to enrich himself and his family.

"Democrats have the people; Republicans have the real estate", one pundit said of the results. At stake are all 435 seats in the US House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate.