Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Donald Trump reacts to midterm results on Twitter: ‘Big Victory last night’

Democrats celebrate after candidate Laura Kelly was declared the winner over Kris Kobach at her election night party in Topeka Kansas on Nov 6 2018 Democrats seize US House in rebuke to Trump
Ellis Copeland | 08 November, 2018, 16:59

He noted that former President Obama lost a net 63 House seats in the 2010 midterm election and former President Bill Clinton lost 54 in the 1994 midterm election, but Trump only lost less than 30 seats.

"We did this in spite of a very dramatic fundraising disadvantage driven by Democrats' wealthy donors and special interests and very hostile media coverage, to put it mildly", Trump said at the White House on November 7. Yet Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee - the place where impeachment would originate - indicated last month that the committee will most likely consider impeachment of the president in January. According to data compiled by The Associated Press, 237 women ran for the House as major-party candidates this year.

"That is possible", he told a news conference at the White House. He also said: "They're extremely complex". Perhaps the biggest new political star among them is New York's 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a liberal firebrand from the Bronx.

At his news conference, Trump said "there was nothing sarcastic" about his praise, saying she had "fought long and hard".

"I thought it was very close to a complete victory", Trump said.

"Maybe we will make a deal, maybe we won't. The significance of history is not lost on me, including my personal one".

Former Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder got it exactly right on Facebook when he wrote: "Every Democratic senator in a competitive race who voted against Justice Kavanaugh went down to defeat: Donnelly, Heitkamp, Nelson, McCaskill".

The Democrats protected several vulnerable chambers as well, including the Connecticut House, the Delaware Senate and the Maine House.

This is a substantial loss for the Republicans, as they have so far lost 28 seats in the House to the Democrats. The conflict has become widely unpopular with some members of Congress, and aid agencies say it has created the world's largest humanitarian catastrophe, with millions facing starvation amid a Saudi blockade of the Arab world's poorest country. Democrats relied more upon women, people of color, young people and college graduates.

Russian fighter jet intercepts US Navy plane
EP-3 Aries aircraft flying November 5, 2018, in global airspace over the Black Sea being intercepted by a Russian Su-27. EP-3 aircraft, adding that it made an additional pass after activating its afterburners to create more turbulence.


Facebook blocks 30 accounts ahead of US elections
As for content, some of the accounts were focused on celebrities, while others favored political debate. The company removed 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts.


Republican Ron DeSantis Elected Florida Governor, Beats Andrew Gillum
Despite all the hype surrounding Gillum, he failed to gain as many votes as his senatorial counterpart, incumbent Democrat Sen. County-level results showed Mucarsel-Powell won enough ballots in Miami-Dade to overcome Curbelo's advantage in the Keys.


Ayanna Pressley was elected as Massachusetts' first black congresswoman.

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are the first Muslim women and Sharice Davids and Debra Haaland the first Native American women to be elected to Congress. Democrats were able to ride opposition to Trump to wins in more Democratic-leaning states like NY and deep-red states like Oklahoma.

Yet Democrats' dreams of the Senate majority as part of a "blue wave" were shattered after losses in numerous top Senate battlegrounds: Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, North Dakota and Texas.

"I think we are excited, but we also feel there is a major responsibility to deliver on the promises we made", Libby said.

Also in the Senate, Wisconsin Sen.

Love is trailing her Democratic opponent Ben McAdams, but her race hasn't yet been called.

US President Donald Trump's Russian business ties, Jared Kushner's relationship with the Saudi crown prince, Ivanka Trump's Chinese trademarks - all could come under new scrutiny by the Democrats when they take over the House of Representatives.

Over the last two years there was always this sense that while the president's thunderous championing of white nationalism and anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies was hurting him in the heavily Mexican-American parts of the southwestern U.S., it was the key to unlock the Rustbelt and Midwest - the part of the country seen as the one which gave him the presidency. Each person in the legislative branch and the president were elected by the voters, and it is their duty to exercise their judgment as they believe the voters who put them in office would want it exercised. He said he would "certainly have an open mind" about releasing them when the IRS audit ends. House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, who won re-election to her House District 48 seat with almost 80 percent of the vote, said Democrats believed they would hold 89 seats once the final tallies are in.

"They refused to let anyone shut them up or stand in their way, and that is how real change begins", she added.

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