As midterm results trickled in Tuesday night, it became clear that Democrats would take back the House in a stinging rebuke of President Donald Trump and his rhetoric and policies. Many of the candidates enthusiastically endorsed by Trump crashed Tuesday night.
Democratic control of the House means that for the next two years, President Trump will be the likely target of investigations into everything from his zero-tolerance immigration policy that resulted in families being separated at the border to the Russia probe to pressure to release his tax filings.
CNN’s Jake Tapper put it bluntly.
“He didn’t do anything. He lost ground,” Tapper said. He pointed out that Democrats were far more energized than they were during the 2016 election. Tapper also noted that he gets that Trump has to take a victory lap for the optics, but there’s no denying the reality on the ground.
“It was a bad night for president Trump and it’s about to get worse,” he concluded.
Former Republican Congressman admits he ‘can’t explain’ Ted Cruz: ‘You’d think he’d have more self-respect’
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) appeared on "Meet the Press" Sunday to perpetuate the false narrative that Ukraine hacked the 2016 election, a fact that has been disproven by all of the U.S. intelligence agencies. When asked to explain what Cruz could possibly have been thinking, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) confessed he has no idea how to explain Cruz.
"So, Charlie, what's going on here?" asked CNN host Fredricka Whitfield.
Trump busted for acting like the Saudi’s ‘press secretary’ after Florida naval yard shooting
Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot blasted President Donald Trump for essentially becoming a "press secretary" for the Saudi Arabian government in wake of the Pensacola, Florida mass shooting.
In his column Sunday, Boot noted that the typical mass shooting sentiments like "thoughts and prayers" were absent Friday when Trump discovered that the shooting was done by a Muslim.
"It turns out that Trump actually has a triple standard, because he treats attacks by Saudis differently than those from other Muslim nations," Boot observed. "On Friday, a Saudi air force officer studying at the Naval Air Station Pensacola shot dead three Americans and wounded eight others. Instead of expressing outrage or vowing vengeance, or even waiting for all the facts to come in, Trump sounded as if he were auditioning for the job of press secretary at the Saudi Embassy."
McConnell blocked by his own party from calling impeachment witnesses Trump wants for Senate trial: report
According to a report from the New York Times, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is finding his hands tied by members of his own party who are skeptical over the appropriateness of calling some of the witnesses Donald Trump -- and a few of his House Republican enablers -- want to appear.
As the Times notes, "While Democrats who control the House are focused on a swift impeachment vote by year’s end, the White House is almost entirely consumed by the trial that would follow in the Republican-controlled Senate, where Mr. Trump’s team believes he would have the chance to defend himself and where Democrats would almost certainly fall short of the two-thirds vote they would need to remove him from office."