President Donald Trump has stuck to familiar lines following the midterm elections unfolding across the United States, including that the bulk of the mainstream media peddles fake news and that the Republican Party’s success under his leadership is unparalleled. To that end, he ranted and raved to reporters at the White House in a Wednesday morning press conference announced only hours earlier.
Offering up ludicrous assertions about the success of his blizzard of campaign rallies held across the country, he quipped:
‘To the best of my knowledge we didn’t have a vacant or empty seat.’
‘The history really will see what a good job we did in the final couple of weeks in terms of getting tremendous people over the finish line — and they really are tremendous people. They’ve been not well known but they will become known.’
Although the GOP lost control of the U.S. House for the first time in eight years, Trump wasn’t about to give up any ground.
He went so far as to assert that Democratic losses in the U.S. Senate were the direct result of their insistence on scrutiny of credible sexual misconduct allegations against his U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
‘The voters have also clearly rebuked the Senate Democrats for their handling of the Kavanaugh hearings. That was a factor, I think a very big factor. It gave a lot of energy to the Republican Party.’
He dismissed those races where Republicans found no energy to cruise to victory as thanks to the candidate’s refusal to “embrace” his vision for the Republican Party.
He continued on with the egomania by repeating assertions he’d previously offered, insisting that Republicans would counter any Democratic efforts to investigate suspicious aspects of his presidency.
‘Almost from the time I announced I was going to run, they’ve been giving us investigation fatigue. It’s been a long time, and they’ve got nothing. You know why they’ve got nothing? Because there is nothing. They want to play that game, but we can play it better… They’ll look at us, and we can look at them, it’ll go back and forth. It could be very good for me politically, I think.’
It goes without saying that there very much is “something” to the Russia investigation, but Trump is holding to his lines anyway.
Previously, he’d issued a familiar and expected round of public statements via Twitter. He singled out a single particular winning candidate for praise — Florida’s Republican Governor-elect Ron DeSantis, who beat Democrat Andrew Gillum in a somewhat surprising victory and bright spot for Republicans on a night they faced grim reality elsewhere.
No matter the public statements he delivers, Trump can not escape the reality of an impending Democrat-led U.S. House. There’s already been plenty of talk about what the shift in power will entail — in short, there will no doubt be a lot of investigation ramping up very soon. Democrats are finally set to be in a position of power to do something to back up the alarms they’ve sounded about the Trump administration.
Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings, who’s set to lead the House Oversight Committee, has explained that he will lead a look at voting rights, whether Trump had violated the Constitution’s prohibition of foreign gifts to presidents outside government channels, and he might even look into obtaining the president’s long-sought tax returns to better understand his business relationships.
Meanwhile, New York Democrat Jerry Nadler, who’s set to lead the House Judiciary Committee, has said he’ll look into the Trump “administration’s family separation policy, gun safety, environmental laws and health care policies — including the failure by DOJ to defend the Affordable Care Act in the Supreme Court.”
He added of the president:
‘He’s going to learn that he’s not above the law.’
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