Trump, Pelosi talk about getting along - until they don't
- Elena Summers
A record number of women were elected to the House on Tuesday, almost two years after women spilled out into the streets of Washington and in cities across the country in defiance of the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Tuesday's elections also tested the strength of a Trump-era political realignment defined by evolving divisions among voters by race, gender, and especially education.
Blue-collar voters and rural America embraced his aggressive talk and stances.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who's likely to become the House speaker, has pledged to preserve documentation of the investigation and holds the threat of impeachment hearings up her sleeve if Trump tries to dump Mueller or if the investigation finds evidence of criminal behavior. But the races this year happened to be fought in overwhelmingly friendly territory for Republicans, with numerous Democrats up for re-election in states Trump won in 2016.
The 2018 elections also exposed an extraordinary political realignment in an electorate defined by race, gender, and education that could shape USA politics for years to come.
In this election, the Republican Party competed on some of the most favorable terrain it is likely to have over the next several cycles. Democrats relied more upon women, people of color, young people and college graduates.
Democrats boasted record diversity on ballots. The House was also getting its first two Muslim women, MA elected its first black congresswoman, and Tennessee got its first female senator.
President Trump wants as much as $5 billion to fund the southern border wall, but senior House Democratic advisers have told ABC News that Democrats, with a newly-reclaimed majority - will be loathe to provide one cent for that kind of funding.
Smith and more than 100 other current House Democrats have already sent a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis seeking a response. And Democrats officially flipped Washington's 8th district when the Associated Press called the race late Thursday morning. More women than ever were running, along with veterans and minorities, many of them motivated by revulsion over Trump.
In Kentucky, the heart of Trump country, one of the top Democratic recruits, retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, lost her bid to oust to three-term Rep. Andy Barr in the Lexington-area district.
Rihanna wants Trump to stop the music
Earlier she had tweeted urging Florida residents to turnout and back Andrew Gillium, the Democrat candidate, to be state governor. And if the Trump regime only used music by artists who supported the president it would be quite a short playlist.
The Republicans lost the House by a comparatively small margin and gained firmer control of the Senate.
But Trump's actual success record fell well short of a "complete victory."Overall, approximately 55 percent of the candidates he endorsed won so far in Tuesday's voting".
Often when presidents lose the House of Representatives or the Senate in the midterms, they sound somber when they speak to the press.
High voter turnout for Democrats was widely expected but less expected was that Republican enthusiasm for this midterm vote was not all that diminished.
Some hurt worse than others.
After two years of being blocked by the White House and the Trump Organization, Democrats hope the new year brings a new day on such issues as foreign government spending at Trump properties, Trump's foreign licensing deals, Trump administration ties to lobbyists and special interests, and spending by Trump's charitable foundation.
President Bill Clinton stepped in front of the cameras in 1994 and promised to work across the aisle with the new Republican Congress on issues like welfare reform.
Mr Trump ran the same sort of bruising and divisive campaign that he used to win the presidency.
Among governorships, Democrats netted seven, including big states such as MI and IL and Wisconsin, where incumbent Gov. Scott Walker was ousted after two terms. These voters are concerned that the nation they've known, and that has in many ways been remarkably successful, is slipping away from them.
"It's all about framing for 2020", said Joel Rubin, who was the State Department's liaison to the House during the Obama administration. It was basically an average midterm loss for a sitting president.
Instead they based their campaign on lies that a group of bedraggled refugees are mostly gang assassins and ISIS terrorists, lies that all Latino immigrants are grinning cop murderers - in an ad so racist even Fox News pulled it off the air - lies about Democrats somehow shipping jobs to North Korea, flagrant anti-Semitism, and on and on.
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