President Donald Trump says Republicans “defied history” in the midterms as he seeks to take credit for expected Republican gains in the Senate while minimizing House losses.
He also sparred with reporters, ordering several to sit down and telling another he’s a “rude, terrible” person and told another reporter he’s “not a fan of yours, either”
Trump’s comments came during a White House press conference on Wednesday where he discussed the election results.
He said Republicans “dramatically outperformed historical precedents.”
The GOP is expected to add to its Senate edge, but Democrats regained control of the House. The mixed verdict in the first nationwide election of Trump’s presidency showed the limits of his hardline immigration rhetoric in today’s political landscape.
Midterm losses are typical for the party in the White House. Trump stressed the anticipated Republican pickups in the Senate and said the GOP had surpassed expectations in the House, citing the high number of retirements.
Trump also called out Republican candidates who apparently did not support him enough and lost congressional seats in Tuesday’s elections.
At a news conference in the White House East Room on Wednesday, Trump crowed that Republicans held control of the Senate and then took aim at members of the House, where the GOP lost.
Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado blames his loss on resentment toward Trump in his Denver-area district. The president responded: “Too bad, Mike.”
As for Utah Rep. Mia Love’s loss Tuesday, Trump said: “Mia Love gave me no love, and she lost,” adding, “Sorry about that, Mia.”
Trump says his vigorous campaigning stopped a so-called “blue wave,” ”if there ever was such a thing.”
The GOP is expected to add to its Senate edge, but Democrats regained control of the House.
The president’s mood turned sour Wednesday after reporters pressed him on why he referred to a migrant caravan making its way to the U.S. on foot through Mexico as an “invasion.” Trump ramped up his anti-immigrant rhetoric against the caravan in the final days of the midterm elections.
Trump was also pressed on why his campaign aired an ad featuring a Mexican immigrant convicted of killing American police officers and linking the man’s actions to the caravan.
Several television networks pulled the ad after airing it or declined to air it at all.