Although Democrats regained control of the House after the 2018 midterm elections, the Republican National Committee dismissed Democrats’ victories as a “ripple.”
“Grassroots enthusiasm for President Trump, who did more than any President in history to support Republican candidates, and the Republican Party’s expansive get-out-the-vote operation, turned the forecasted Democrat tsunami into a ripple,” RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said in a statement early Wednesday morning.
McDaniel touted Republican gains in the Senate in states including Indiana and Missouri, and said that Democrats must compromise with Trump and other Republicans moving forward.
“With gains in the Senate, Republicans defied history, an achievement reached only four times in history,” said McDaniel. “Despite record House retirements and massive Democrat candidate fundraising advantages, Republicans stand in a stronger position than nearly anyone predicted. Democrats must now come to the table to work with President Trump and Republicans to keep our economy strong, secure our borders, and continue to move the country in the right direction.”
President Trump also characterized the 2018 midterm elections a “tremendous success,” even though Republicans lost their hold of the House after Democrats gained more than 23 seats in the lower chamber Tuesday evening. Specific numbers have not been determined yet at the time of publication.
Trump participated in 50 rallies leading up to the 2018 election for candidates including Josh Hawley, who defeated incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on Tuesday evening.
According to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, Trump has already spoken with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and others.