By Richard Szabo
The United States mid-term general election has set many new records. The election is estimated to have attracted 47 percent of registered voters or 114 million, representing the highest turnout since 1970.
It is also the first time in eight years the Democrats gained control of the lower house of Congress with 219 seats. The ruling Republicans retained their control of the Senate with at least 51 seats.
The U.S. President responded to the preliminary election results by reiterating earlier comments from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for greater unity and bipartisanship across all sides of politics.
“I really respected what Nancy said last night about bipartisanship and getting together and uniting she used the word uniting, and she [gave] the bipartisanship statement, which is so important because that’s what we should be doing,” Donald Trump said at a televised press conference.
Trump accused the Democrats, and their supporters of illegally leaking information without being able to substantiate their claims, resulting in two years of political unrest that could have been better spent improving quality of life for Americans.
“Almost from the time I announced I was going to run they’ve [the Democrats] been giving us this investigation fatigue. It’s been a long time they got nothing, zero. You know why? Because there is nothing, but they can play that game, but we can play it better because we have a thing called the United States Senate,” the President said.
Trump congratulated some of the nine candidates who won seats, including Illinois Representative Rodney Davis, Mount Sterling Representative Andy Barr, and Minnesota Representative Pete Stauber.
“For the most part I didn’t campaigned for the House, but I did actually make a special trip for Andy Barr because he was in a very tough race in Kentucky, and that was a very tough race the polls were all showing that he was down, and down substantially, and he won,” Trump said.
However, Trump used the failed campaigns of Republican candidates to highlight voter support for his plan for reviving the U.S. economy.
“You had some that decided to stay away; they did very poorly. I’m not sure that I should be happy or sad, but I feel just fine about it. [They include Florida Representative] Carlos Curbelo [and Colorado Representative] Mike Coffman. Too bad Mike,” he said.
“[Utah Representative] Mia Love, she called me all the time to help her with a hostage situation in Venezuela but Mia Love gave me no love, and she lost … 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, but what we stand for meant a lot to most people [who voted].”