Trump says U.S. government will halt if House Democrats investigate him

Leroy Wright
November 8, 2018

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

Democrats were gaining significant ground in the battle for House control Tuesday night, while Republicans held onto their majority in the Senate as voters weighed in on the first nationwide election in Donald Trump's turbulent presidency.

Democrats could derail Trump's legislative agenda for the next two years should they win control of the House. Trump took office as the 45th President, and Pence as the 48th Vice President, on January 20, 2017.

President Trump says House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi "has earned the great honor" of being Speaker of the House.

Many female Democratic House candidates who prevailed on Election Day ran in opposition to Trump or his policies.

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.

The Republican side of the aisle elected mostly white men. Democrats relied more upon women, people of color, young people and college graduates.

Democrats boasted record diversity on ballots.

But he said that if Democrats start serving legal writs against him, Republicans would retaliate in kind.

Three candidates had hoped to become their states' first African-American governors, although just one - Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams - was still in the running. The Arizona Senate race is too close to call and Democrats won all the important races in Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada. Roskam kept his distance from Trump in a district that went for Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016.

⦁ Ralph Z. Hallow, the chief political correspondent of commentary, served on the Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Washington Times editorial boards, was Ford Foundation fellow in urban journalism at Northwestern University, and resident at Columbia University Editorial-Page Editors Seminar. Mr Trump tweeted late Tuesday after staying quiet for much of election night.

A Republican governorship majority coupled with GOP victories in gubernatorial races in battleground states may also boost Trump in 2020, since governors hold veto power over redistricting measures.

Paramount PicturesBut that would be a pointless exercise, because the Senate (and the House) are not elected by a single national "popular vote".

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In 2014, Obama lost just 13 House seats, but he lost them in a House already packed with Republicans.

For a Democratic party divided over the best strategy to build a winning coalition, and which candidate had the best chance of toppling Trump, Tuesday's elections offered few conclusive answers.

"You can't let a dislike of Trump's style blind you to his many conservative successes". History shows that a president in his first term usually suffers a sizeable loss in... Democrats also won in Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota: states Trump won by large margins in 2016.

Some hurt worse than others.

One is that it takes a lot to swing white women Democratic.

Trump encouraged voters to view the 2018 midterms as a referendum on his leadership, pointing proudly to the surging economy at recent rallies.

"Peter Roskam didn't want the embrace", Trump said.

The president bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation.

McConnell eschewed further attempts to get him to respond to heated presidential rhetoric, refusing to call the migrant caravan - still hundreds of miles from the southern USA border - a "crisis", as Trump did in high profile campaign rallies created to turn out the GOP base.

Midterm elections are typically hard for the party in power, but the GOP's hold on power was further weakened by an unusually large number of retirements as well as infighting between conservatives and centrists over their allegiance to Trump.

Several ambitious Democrats easily won re-election, including presidential prospects Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY.

There are a half dozen House committees that have the power to investigate Trump - Intelligence, Oversight, Ways and Means, and Judiciary, among others.

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