In a post-midterm election news conference Wednesday, President Trump doubled down on his endorsement for Pelosi (D-Calif.), the presumptive new Speaker after Democrats recaptured the House in Tuesday's midterm elections. "She has earned this great honor!", Trump said.
We can tell a little bit of his probable leanings from the way that he and his administration conducted the closing days of the campaign, leaning in on a friendly Senate map while abandoning a House fight which most political observers wrote off. Trump will declare himself the victor of the night and the savior of a Senate that was never in real danger of turning Democratic because he campaigned for winners in states that had voted for him (never mind the Democratic survivor in West Virginia, for example). She wants to impress on Americans the importance of the legislative branch as a co-equal branch of government. That's three more seats than the GOP holds now, and it may be enough to insulate the party against Democratic attacks in the next election.
Democrats won the House and flipped several governor seats by riding a surge of voter anger and discontent with Trump in suburban enclaves. You have to "show the power of the gavel".
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.
But at 78, she knows her storied tenure on Capitol Hill is likely coming to a close, even if she refuses to put a date-stamp on it.
If the White House doesn't block such requests in court, they could shed light on Trump's worldwide business empire - and what role it's playing in USA relations with the world. Fueled by a steady diet of chocolate, she crisscrossed 30 cities in a 31-day rush aimed at boosting Democratic candidates.
She persuaded candidates to shut out the noise, "don't take the bait", and stick with their legislative agenda of lowering health care costs, rebuilding the nation's infrastructure and delivering government reforms. She also tamped down liberal cries for Trump's impeachment. "It's about our country". For one, this is a midterm election, which heavily favors the older, whiter Republican electorate, as seen in the 2010 and 2014 results. Pelosi said Democrats will make their top campaign issue - healthcare - a priority.
The Democrats won a majority of the US House of Representatives in Tuesday's midterm elections, and will officially take over when the new Congress takes office in January 2019.
He said that "two can play that game!"
True, Republicans lost the House of Representatives, and that constitutes a blow to the president and his party.
Gingrich added that Trump should "spend 2019 governing" and that includes trying to work with Democrats on certain issues that could generate support on both sides of the aisle or perhaps leaving Democrats with the blame if the effort falls apart.
They have said they would do a deep dive into Trump's finances, including the tax returns he has not released publicly, his hard-line immigration policies and the turning back of some of the provisions in ObamaCare.
"That's such a racist question", said Trump, who has made accusations of unfair coverage from the media a staple on the campaign trail.
"We will conduct the investigations Republicans didn't want to conduct". "If they come to me with things that I'm not in love with, I'm going to do it because I respect them". Top-ranking leaders Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn are also in their mid-70s.
The others are Elijah Cummings at the House Oversight Committee; Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee, derided by Trump as "sleazy;" and Maxine Waters at the Financial Services Committee, who Trump has said has "extraordinarily low IQ".
Pelosi has led the Democrats in the House since 2003, and is the favorite to be elected during the next congressional session, so long as she receives votes from a majority of House members.