In his news conference following the midterms, President Trump touted the history-making elements of his party's wins Tuesday night, spoke of bipartisanship, and got into it with a CNN reporter. Highlights:
- "It was a big day yesterday, an incredible day. And last night the Republican Party defied history to expand our Senate majority while significantly beating expectations in the House. We did this in spite of a very dramatic fundraising disadvantage ... and very hostile media coverage. We also had a staggering number of House retirements."
- Among the records he touted: "This election marks the largest Senate gains for a president's party in the first midterm election since at least President Kennedy's in 1962."
- Trump referenced Democratic candidates and their supporters who "worked very, very hard. Like Oprah Winfrey," who campaigned on behalf of Stacey Abrams in Georgia, "who I like, I don't know if she likes me anymore but that's OK. She used to. But she worked very hard in Georgia, very, very hard."
- In speaking about bipartisanship, Trump spoke about the House: "If the Republicans won and let's say we held on by two or one or three, it would have been very hard" to hold a majority. "That puts us in a very bad position. In other words, had we kept ... it puts us in a very tough position." (The Guardian's take: "He does not seem to understand the nature of congressional leadership and the majority party’s ability to run committees, conduct oversight and advance a legislative agenda.")