Democrats vow to fight Trump in 2018: ‘We’re going to be ready’
Posted On June 16, 2021
Democrats are taking aim at President Donald Trump as they look to rebound in 2018 and 2020.
Here are five things to watch as they battle Trump and his policies in 2018.
In the past, Democrats have largely focused on winning back seats in Congress and statewide races.
But Democrats hope that in 2018, they can put Trump on notice that they’re not going to give up the fight.
In fact, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she’s not going anywhere.
“We’re not afraid to stand up to the president,” she said.
“He can’t take away our health care, we can’t give up our civil liberties, we’re not taking the gloves off.
And we’re going all the way back to the House and the Senate.”
But Trump is not going quietly.
On Wednesday, he issued an ultimatum to the Democratic lawmakers, telling them that they must do something if they want to win back their districts.
Trump told House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that if they don’t do something by the end of the month, he will call a special election and the Democrats will have to pay a $1 million penalty for not winning a congressional seat in 2018 or 2020.
“If you don’t give me a promise by March 15th that you will vote for the Democrats, then I’m going to call a new election on March 15,” Trump said.
The Republicans responded by saying that Democrats were going to have to go all out in the 2018 election, which will give Republicans the opportunity to recapture a majority in the House.
Democrats, however, are hoping that they can make up ground and win back seats.
Democrats also hope to use the special election to make the case that they have a shot at winning back the House as well as the Senate.
According to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, the Democrats would need to win a record 14 seats to retake the House, while the Republicans would need four seats to win the Senate in a landslide.
Republicans have held the majority in both chambers since 1947.
But with just two weeks left until Election Day, they’re still expected to win in a number of races that could be decided in the next few weeks.
While Republicans are still likely to win their majority, Democrats are hoping to hold onto the House by picking up at least three seats.
If they win at least two of the seats that the Republicans need to retain control of the House next week, Democrats will need just over 300 seats to control the chamber.
If Democrats do manage to hold on to the majority, they will need to flip a number to get the House back.
For example, the Republican-controlled House would need the support of just one Republican, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas.
If he doesn’t win the seat, Democrats would still need to pick up one seat each for Republican Rep. Tom Cole, R, and Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan, D, and another for Republican Sen. Joe Manchin III.
And if Democrats win the seats in those districts, the Republicans could then flip a House seat for the third time, bringing them to 234.
With a tight race in Texas, the GOP is still expected in the hunt for a few more seats.
But Republicans could be in trouble if Democrats keep winning.
There is also the possibility that Trump’s actions could result in a loss of seats in the Senate as well.
The latest RealClearPolitics average of polls showed Republicans with a three-point edge in the state, but Democrats are expected to pick back the Senate, as well, as a lot of Democrats will vote in Republican-held districts.
Democrats have already held their own in Texas.
According to the Cook Political Study, Democrats were expected to hold a narrow lead in the Texas Senate race from Tuesday until the end.
But after winning a number on Tuesday, Republicans picked up a number that allowed them to win at most two seats.
And while they did win a seat, it was only by one vote.
Republicans also have a narrow path to reclaim the House from Democrats.
If they win all six of the states on the ballot, they would have a slim majority in Congress.
But if they win just two, they could easily pick up a handful of seats and pick up the majority.
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