How can Trump be happy with the outcome?

While some of the races haven’t been completely decided, the Democrats retook control of the Senate while the Republicans grabbed probably at least 2 extra seats in the Senate to ease some of the close voting that occurred in the first half of Donald Trump’s term.

The additional Senate seats was not surprising since quite a few contested seats were generally Republican to begin with but flipped to Democrats 6 years ago as President Obama won his second term and the areas were generally easily won by Trump in 2016.

However, the Democrats made big but not surprising gains in the House with only 2 seats [at this time] flipped to the Republicans but dozens switched to the Democrats. Most of those were grabbed in the suburbs.

At the traditional news conference the day after the mid-term elections, Trump pointed to “major” victories in races where he campaigned, particularly in Florida, Indiana, Missouri and others. He will likely downplay — or ignore — disappointments, particularly losses in governor’s races.

“Received so many Congratulations from so many on our Big Victory last night…” Unsure how he can call it a victory when he lost the House badly. In addition unsure who would congratulate him other than within the party. The only bright spot is that he has some slight security in the Senate but still not 60 seats needed to properly govern. He will also be forced to work with the Democrats to get most things done. He can kiss the Trump Wall goodbye.

“Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!” Trump tweeted before midnight. Yes, you lost the House and six states have new Democrat governors [almost all in usually Republican mid-west states] and no new Republican governors.

“Think of how his position with Republicans improves-all the candidates who won tonight….” Trump said [“his” being himself]. It sounds like the House and Gubernatorial votes didn’t exist according to him.

Not surprising Trump went on the attack by saying “If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level. Two can play that game!” Except, the House is where most investigations do start. You think he has anything? Leaks?

He also said “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!” What a nice guy. Claiming that those Republicans who lost, lost because they didn’t want Trump’s backing. Rep. Mia Love and Barbara Comstock are two he singled out.

“By expanding our Senate majority, the voters have also clearly rebuked the Senate Democrats for their handling of the [Brett] Kavanaugh hearings….” That doesn’t explain why he lost so many seats in the House. Most who vote for one party in the House will vote for the same party in the Senate. More like the Senate seats he picked up were generally “red’ states.

“This election marks the largest Senate gains for a President’s party in the first midterm election since at least President Kennedy’s in 1962.” Yes but these Senate gains all occurred in states Trump won in 2016.

He said Republicans faced “the most House Republican retirements in 88 years”. Which proves what? The GOP couldn’t find decent replacements? Maybe retirements are for different reasons such as getting away from the party’s leader?

“Last night the Republican party defied history to expand our Republican majority,” he said, adding that the Republican Party “(beat) expectations in the House.” Was he expecting to lose even more in the House?

Trump’s three most recent predecessors all lost House majorities in the course of their tenures. In post-election news conferences, all three took some form of responsibility. President George W. Bush called a 2006 rout a “thumping.” President Barack Obama deemed 2010 losses a “shellacking.”

The early exit polling suggests that two-thirds of voters said that their vote was about Trump, with more saying they came to vote to show opposition rather than support for Trump; nearly 4 in 10 voters said that their vote was meant as a sign of opposition to Trump.

Midterm elections are almost always referendums on the president and his party. And they are almost always negative referendums. It’s why the president’s party has not lost House seats in only three midterms since the Civil War.

Family members and friends, including ex-campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, and informal advisers like Blackstone chief Stephen Schwarzman, joined Trump in the evening for a viewing party, snacking on pizza and tiny hot dogs as they watched results come in on television.

Most likely when special counsel Robert when Mueller submits his final report to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the House Judiciary Committee will be able to request it from the Department of Justice, and make it public if it deems that it is warranted. All of these actions will make it much harder for the White House to block or bury evidence of any alleged collusion or obstruction of justice, whether or not Mueller or Rosenstein are fired.

As an added “bonus” to the day, Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions although Sessions handed in his resignation letter. In any case, Sessions is, not surprisingly, out. Most knew it would come sometime after the mid-term elections.

Matthew Whitaker, former Chief of Staff to Sessions, will take over as acting attorney general and is expected to take charge of the Russia investigation and special counsel Robert Mueller from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Whitaker has been openly critical of Mueller and the investigation.

The Democrats immediately called on him to recuse himself as “given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

 

Are you ready for one heck of a night?

Note: As previously mentioned, since the mid-term elections are on right now but there won’t be much to say until late tonight, I’m send out this blog with all the miscellaneous stuff that came out of Trump [hmmmm] since Friday night. I should have a bit of an analysis sometime tomorrow as the dust settles.

According to one report, to help his ego, if the GOP lose the House, Trump intends to claim victory, arguing his efforts on the campaign trail narrowed GOP losses and helped them hold the Senate. Trump has been tested out other explanations — pointing to historical headwinds for the party of an incumbent president and complaining about a rash of GOP retirements this year. And why did they retire?

To distance himself from a probably big loss in the House, Trump said “My primary focus has been on the Senate.” In the senate, he may pick up a seat.

At a rally in West Virginia a defiant Trump brushed off the prospect of a Democratic House takeover. “It could happen,” he said, adding “don’t worry about it. I’ll just figure it out.” Yes. Blame someone for the loss but not himself.

Should they take the House, Democrats are already plotting to reopen the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. Other committees are plotting aggressive oversight of Trump’s administration and his web of business interests. Some Democrats are looking at using the House Ways and Means Committee to obtain copies of the president’s tax returns after he broke with decades of tradition and withheld them from public scrutiny during his campaign for the White House.

An advertisement aims to motivate Republican turnout by vilifying a group of migrants walking toward the US southern border, wrongly portraying them as invaders and criminals, was pulled by NBC, Fox and Facebook. The advertisement was not submitted to either CBS or ABC. Donald Trump Jr. complained on Twitter that CNN “refused to run” the advertisement.

Trump was not pleased by this marquee closing TV ad his campaign unveiled last week featuring upbeat themes about the economy. Instead, he insisted to aides that his closing argument for the midterm elections would be a hardline anti-immigration message to fire up his core supporters. Seems his campaign people ignored him.

The Trump campaign chose to advertise on “Sunday Night Football” even though Trump whined last year that NFL ratings have dropped over the years. This after players were taking a knee during the American anthem.

At a town hall Trump said “You see how they’ve behaved. You see what’s happening with them. They’ve really become radicalized.” Sure. Donnie. Who posted a racist campaign video only to pull it.

He also said “If Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi gain the majority, they will try to raise your taxes, restore job-killing regulations, shut down your coal mines and timber mills, take away your healthcare, impose socialism, and ERASE your borders.” So what’s left? Wasn’t it Trump who tried to kill the Affordable Care Act which would of removed maybe 32 million citizens from getting healthcare?

“There’s electricity in the air like I haven’t seen since ’16,” he said which basically means the last two years since his election has been boring. True!

Trump shrugged off the prospect of Democrats going after his tax returns if the party wins control of the House in this week’s midterm contests, suggesting he was unbothered by a protracted fight over his financial documents. “I don’t care. They can do whatever they want, and I can do whatever I want,” Trump said. And when they do he will complain about it.

Seems in days before the mid-term election, is Trump getting nervous? “The Democrat Party wants to sign illegal aliens up for free health care, free welfare, free education. And what do they really want? The right to vote. Because they figure that’s the way they stay in office forever,” Trump said. Did he steal some secret memo from the Democratic party? Maybe he had his Russian friends steal it for him.

Trump claims that many of the migrants coming up through Central America has many criminals. Then the Department of Homeland Security somehow figured out that at least 270 of them are criminals. How do they know? Did they ask?

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said that the US military will not be “involved in the actual mission of denying people entry to the United States.”

When asked why Melania Trump wasn’t on the campaign trail, “Due to her schedule as a mother and as first lady, especially with the upcoming holidays and international travel, there are no plans for her to campaign,” Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said. Seriously? Holidays are 8 weeks away. It’s not like she is doing all the ordering, decorating, etc. The mid-term elections is a fixed date election. It was known before her husband got elected. Or maybe there was a[nother] fight between them?

There is a growing list of music acts who have told the Trump not to use their music. The lists includes The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, Rihanna, The O’Jays, Adele, Queen and Pharrell Williams.

Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, claimed that Trump used racist language in several private conversations. Cohen recalled four times that Trump made denigrating comments to him about black people. In an example, when South African leader Nelson Mandela died, Trump remarked, “‘Name one country run by a black person that’s not a s___hole,’ and then he added, ‘Name one city.'”

A Pittsburgh rabbi told Trump that hate speech led to synagogue massacre. Trump, who has been accused of using anti-Semitic tropes and hateful rhetoric, has repeatedly denied the accusations, noting that his daughter and son-in-law are Jewish. I don’t think he picks who his kids marry. I’m sure he wished his son-in-law converted instead.

The Washington Post claim that Trump had told 1,100 lies and mistruths within the last 7 weeks. That’s averaging 22 per day but has climbed to 30 a day recently [at the rallies are one reason].

According to a 1990 Vanity Fair interview, Ivana Trump [Trump’s first ex] once told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that her then husband, real-estate mogul Trump kept a book of Hitler’s speeches near his bed. Not really shocked. You?

A bit of humor. At an interview:

  • Interviewer: “What did you do for the Trump administration?”
  • Job candidate: “I was locked in a room in the basement in some old dingy, smelly building looking for any reports that would support Trump’s imaginary theories. It was so bad, we weren’t allowed to eat or go to the washroom. We wore adult diapers.”
  • Interviewer: “Did you find any?”
  • Job Candidate: “Not very often. Anyone who did was allowed to leave work 5 minutes early but you had to stay an extra 5 minutes the following day.”