Trump Gives Deflated Speech Claiming Victory in Midterms: Hits Media, Warns Disloyal Republicans, Praises Pelosi
A deflated President Donald Trump held a press conference the morning after the Democrats gained control of the House in the midterm elections, and in a remarkably measured speech pointed out GOP successes on the night and blamed outside influences for its losses.
“It was a big day yesterday,” Trump opened, before pointing out that the GOP expanded their majority in the Senate. “The Republican Party defied history.”
“Very hostile media coverage to put it mildly,” he added.
Trump went on to note his extensive campaigning during the campaign season — “30 rallies in the last 60 days” — claiming that the candidates he supported achieved “tremendous success” — and pointing out that some of those who didn’t, like New York’s John Faso, lost their races.
“And history will see what a good job we did in getting tremendous people over the finish line,” Trump said.
While Republicans may have taken a beating in House races, losing the chamber to Democrats by 26 seats, Senate Republicans have reason to be chipper.
“This election marks the largest Senate gains for a president’s party in a first midterm election since at least President Kennedy’s in 1962,” Trump pointed out.
Later in his speech, he also praised Democrat Nancy Pelosi, a frequent subject of his ire who is expected to be the new House Majority Leader.
“I give her a lot of credit,” Trump said. “She works very hard. She worked long and hard. I give her a great deal of credit what she has done, what she has accomplished. Hopefully we all work together next year.”
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