President Trump tried to put his best spin on the midterm results as he began his post-election press conference. He noted that the sizable Democratic gains in the House of Representatives were in line with historical averages, that many of the Senate candidates for whom he campaigned had won, that Democrats did not do as well in statehouses as they had hoped. He mocked Republican House candidates who had distanced themselves from him during the campaign only to lose anyway. In low and somber tones, he called on House Democrats to govern in a bipartisan manner and threatened to play hardball if Nancy Pelosi and Jerry Nadler moved aggressively to investigate his administration.

Then he opened it up for questions and all hell broke loose.

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