In one of his signature off-the-rails press conferences, President Donald Trump proved again that though he’s changed Washington, Washington hasn’t changed him.
The president appeared before the press in the White House on Wednesday morning just after his party was unable to retain its majority in the House of Representatives despite holding on to the Senate.
“I’m not sure if I should be happy or sad, but I feel just fine about it,” Trump said regarding his party’s loss in the lower chamber. He then took it a step further and began listing the ousted Republicans who didn’t kiss his ring.
“Mia Love gave me no love. And she lost. Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia,” Trump said in reference to the Utah congresswoman — who was the only African-American woman representing the Republican Party in Congress.
“Peter Roskam didn’t want the embrace, Erik Paulsen didn’t want the embrace, and in New Jersey, I think he could have done well,” he added.
The president ended his eulogy for the losers by opining that “those are some of the people that, you know, decided for their own reason not to embrace whether it’s me or what we stand for.”
Watch the president’s remarks below:
WATCH: President Trump calls out by name several Republicans who lost their re-election races, saying they didn’t embrace him in the midterm elections, including, he notes, a congresswoman who sought his help in freeing an American hostage: "Too bad." pic.twitter.com/rI8BG1WGUP
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 7, 2018
The new Democratic House of Representatives will finally be a check on the power that Trump has wielded blindly over the past two years. It will also show whether or not he’s able to learn to work with the left side of the aisle. If he wants too much done outside of issuing executive orders, he will be forced to play politics to some extent.
In an early-morning Wednesday tweet, the president seemed to support current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), writing that “in all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats.”
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