President Donald Trump held a press conference Wednesday to explain his view of what the 2018 midterms meant. In an often dry rundown of numbers and statistics, Trump took a moment to name-drop Oprah Winfrey and commend her for her tough campaigning on behalf of Georgia’s democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
“People … worked very very hard respectfully for those candidates, like Oprah Winfrey, who I like. I don’t know if she likes me anymore but that’s ok. She used to,” said Trump. “But she worked very hard in Georgia. Very very hard.”
“I do like Oprah I do,” he said later in response to question from reporter Brian Karem. “I have a lot of respect for her. Unfortunately she didn’t do the trick.”
Despite losing the House of Representatives to Democrats, Trump hailed the results of the elections Tuesday saying it was a historic night for his side — he focused mostly on the Senate, where Republicans did post impressive gains.
“Last night the Republican party defied history to expand our Senate majority while significantly beating expectations in the house,” he said. “We did this in spite of a very dramatic fundraising disadvantage, driven by Democrats wealthy donors and special interests and very hostile media coverage.”
Trump blamed House losses on an unusually large number of retirements, and weak candidates who declined to “embrace” him totally. He also noted the six Democratic senators who were defeated in President Obama’s first mid0-term race in 2010.
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