An abnormally quiet and reserved Donald Trump took a victory lap after the midterm elections on Wednesday morning, saying Republicans defied the odds by stopping a so-called “blue wave” of Democrats from taking control of both chambers of Congress.
“There was a big day yesterday. Incredible day,” Trump said during a White House news conference. “The Republican Party defied history to expand our Senate majority while significantly beating expectations in the House.”
Trump suffered a major blow on Tuesday when the GOP lost control of the House, but the president has downplayed that defeat, arguing he feels vindicated by the results in the Senate, where Republicans look like they’ll gain three or four seats.
The president noted that of the 11 candidates he campaigned with during the final week of the race, nine won.
“This vigorous campaigning stopped the blue wave,” he said. “History will really see what a good job we did in the final few weeks.”
Trump blamed GOP losses in the House on the high number of retirements, large fundraising totals for Democrats, as well as negative media coverage that he said “set a new record.”
He also called out several House lawmakers by name, saying their failure to embrace him let to their defeats even though they ran in districts where he is unpopular.
“Too bad Mike,” Trump said of Rep. Mike Coffman, who lost in Colorado. The president also appeared delighted that GOP Reps. Carlos Curbelo, Rep. Barbara Comstock and Mia Love were all defeated while distancing themselves from him.
“Mia Love gave me no love. And she lost. Too bad. Sorry about that Mia,” he said.
Twitter was shocked:
Trump is now gloating over the House GOPers who lost: Carlos "Cubela," Mike Coffman ("too bad Mike"), "Mia Love gave me no love, too bad Mia." "Barbara Comstock didn't want any embrace." OMG he's losing it.
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) November 7, 2018
Trump is trashing the Republicans that lost! "Too bad, Mike," he says of Coffman. "Too bad, sorry about that Mia," he says.
— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) November 7, 2018
Trump is actually blaming the GOP moderates who lost, claiming it's because they didn't support him.
"Mike Coffman…too bad, Mike."
"Mia Love gave me no love."
— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) November 7, 2018
Trump is in the White House at a national press conference mocking losing Republican candidates Mia Love, Barbara Comstock and several others for "not wanting the embrace" of his support.
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) November 7, 2018
Typically, when a President's party loses, the President shows grace and humility.
But not, Donald Trump.
He's doubling down on arrogance and crassness.
— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) November 7, 2018
What makes me sick are the people in the room giggling at his insults. Maybe they’re laughing at him not with him.
— Elizabeth Bradbury (@isabellabc) November 7, 2018
"Too bad, Mike…Sorry about that, Mia."
— ABC News (@ABC) November 7, 2018