Tuesday night’s election results delivered some sobering news for Mr. Trump. Democrats regained control of the House and Republicans no longer control all three branches of government, now putting a system of checks and balances in place for the president. Although the GOP hung on to the Senate, Trump seems to be spinning out of control as he realizes what may happen in the coming days.
On Wednesday, Trump lashed out at Republican House members who lost their seats for not embracing him, even calling out some by name. Trump said:
‘The candidates that I supported achieved tremendous success. For the most part I didn’t campaign for the House.’
The president called out Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock (R), saying:
‘Didn’t want the embrace. Too bad.’
He also specifically mentioned Representatives Carlos Curbelo (FL), Mike Coffman (CO), Mia Love (UT), Peter Roskam (IL), Eric Paulsen (MN), and John Faso (NY). About Mia Love, Trump said:
‘I saw Mia Love, she called me all the time to help her with a hostage situation, being held hostage in Venezuela. But Mia Love gave me no love, and she lost. Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia.’
Trump oozes with such egotism that he doesn’t see the real reasons behind why Republicans lost the House. His self-absorption didn’t help him when it came to noticing the fact that he is the big reason the country wants a change. People were essentially saying “We want Trump out the door!”
One former GOP representative spoke out brazenly about Mr. Trump. Ryan Costello (PA) tweeted this message:
‘To deal w harassment & filth spewed at GOP MOC’s in tough seats every day for 2 yrs, bc of POTUS; to bite ur lip more times you’d care to; to disagree & separate from POTUS on principle & civility in ur campaign; to lose bc of POTUS & have him piss on u. Angers me to my core.’
Costello was not up for reelection but his district, Pennsylvania’s 6th, fell to Democrat Chrissy Houlahan, who defeated GOP rival Greg McCauley.
During a White House news conference on Wednesday, Mr. Trump said:
‘There was a big day yesterday. Incredible day. The Republican Party defied history to expand our Senate majority while significantly beating expectations in the House.’
‘This vigorous campaigning stopped the blue wave. History will really see what a good job we did in the final few weeks.’
The president pointed out that of the 11 candidates he campaigned with during the final week of the race, nine won.
In addition, according to NBC News:
‘Trump had also given shoutouts to lawmakers who requested — and received — his support before winning. He name-checked victorious Reps. Andy Barr of Kentucky, Mike Bost of Illinois and Rodney Davis of Illinois.’
Trump’s attacks on Republicans though are not going to help as he continues with the rest of his term. With a divided Congress now, one might question if some lawmakers will distance themselves from him. The House already has quite an agenda for how they plan to hold Trump accountable, and the president is probably more than uneasy at this point, to say the least.
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