Term elections: Trump hails 'Big Victory' despite House losses

Even after leading her party to House majority Nancy Pelosi faces battle for speaker’s gavel

Even after leading her party to House majority Nancy Pelosi faces battle for speaker’s gavel

An upbeat President Donald Trump on Wednesday promised a post-elections era of "love" in Washington, saying he can work with opposition Democrats in a newly divided Congress, yet warning the gloves could come back off at any time.

He pointed to severalpolls that suggest Republican attack ads featuring Pelosi did not motivate voters in the midterm elections. That's 30 million more people who participated in the 2014 midterms, representing the highest raw vote total for a non-presidential election in USA history and the highest overall voter participation rate in a midterm election in a half century.

The result confirms a historical trend for the party that is not in the White House to make gains in the mid-terms. They did so in challenging circumstances, including that many House races took place in electoral districts that were drawn (and in some cases gerrymandered) by Republican-controlled state governments.

The elections further reflect on the reaction of the USA citizens who have not agreed with Trump's policies and agendas, especially the racial and cultural divides and the recently adopted anti-immigrant laws, undertaken during his two years in power.

Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi, the current House minority leader and now front runner for the position of speaker, praised her party's performance and pledged that the new Democrat majority would work to rein in the White House. "It is about restoring the Constitution's checks and balances to the Trump administration".

President Trump proclaimed victory on Wednesday morning after a whirlwind tour of rallies held in key Senate battleground states appeared to swing voters in favor of the Republicans. But the olive branch he extended was studded with thorns as he declared that he would retaliate if Democrats use their control of the House to issue subpoenas to seek his tax returns and investigate his business dealings, his Cabinet's conduct and his campaign's ties to Russian Federation, as expected. He said he's had conversations with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who he said shares many of his views on how to enforce the treaty.

If Democrats want to win the 2020 election they're going to have to stop expecting Americans to suddenly repudiate him.

It's a big deal that they now have governorships in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania - as evidenced by Democrats' netting three House seats in Pennsylvania alone Tuesday night after a court-drawn remap. They will assuredly look into Trump's finances as part of their investigation into his personal involvement in corruption and collusion. Libby said Democrats would use their newfound power to focus on pocketbook issues, including property taxes, the cost of prescription drugs and student debt relief. He's got a ready-made explanation for why he can't get anything done in the next two years - and a pitch for what needs to change in the next election.

The ex-ambassador explained: "If he becomes an explosively frustrated Donald Trump, frustrated by the Democrats".

The Republicans lost the House by a comparatively small margin and gained firmer control of the Senate.

History also indicates that while the road may be rocky, better days could be ahead.

The biggest change in this election was the sheer volume of money generated by left-wing billionaires and activist groups who hate President Trump.

On Tuesday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became New York's-and the nations'-youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Ocasio-Cortez is 29.

Ayanna Pressley was elected as Massachusetts' first black congresswoman.

In the governor's race, which I didn't follow at all, the Democrat won by nearly 10 points. He said the era of a state government that is in constant partisan gridlock or dysfunction because of a combative and often hostile governor was about to come to a close.

In Florida, a progressive Democrat conceded after an ugly battle against Trumpist conservative Ron DeSantis.

In a letter to fellow Democrats on Wednesday, Mr Pascrell said that Republicans had refused to bring administration witnesses into hearings on tariffs or Nafta negotiations.

Republicans must also loudly promote their success with two of the country's most enduring, important issues: the economy and national security.

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