GOP Brushes Off Dems. Wins, But President Donald Trump Cause Of 'Tidal Wave' | Morning Joe | MSNBC

GOP Brushes Off Dems. Wins, But President Donald Trump Cause Of 'Tidal Wave' | Morning Joe | MSNBC
    THAT POLITICAL CLIFF LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN VIRGINIA DID THE
    OTHER NIGHT. >> I DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS
    STRATEGY AT ALL, REPUBLICANS ON CAPITOL HILL REACTED TO
    TUESDAY'S LARGE DEMOCRATIC GAINS IN NEW JERSEY, AND ELSEWHERE
    AROUND WHAT THOSE RESULTS CAN MIDDLE EASTERN FOR NEXT YEAR'S
    MID-TERM. JOHN McCAIN SAID UNLESS WE GET
    OUR ACT TOGETHER, WE WILL LOSE HEAVILY.
    MANY COLLEAGUES WEREN'T SO SURE. >> I'M NOT SURPRISED THE
    DEMOCRAT WON THE ELECTION OVER THERE.
    I THINK IT WOULD PROBABLY SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MARGIN.
    >> HOW MUCH THE PRESIDENT PLAYED INTO IT, IT'S GOING TO BE THE
    PUNDITS WILL DEBATE THAT. >> THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN THIS
    ELECTION WAS MORE ENERGIZED IT LOOKS TO ME THAN THE REPUBLICAN
    VOTER. WHY THAT IS, I DON'T KNOW.
    >> A LOT ARE SAYING IT'S BECAUSE OF THE PRESIDENT.
    >> WELL, YOU KNOW, MAYBESH MAYBE NOT.
    >> Reporter: ARE WE SEEING THE PRESIDENT POTENTIALLY BE A DRAG
    ON HIS PARTY HERE. >> I DON'T KNOW.
    R. IS THE PRESIDENT GOING TO BE A DRAG ON REPUBLICANS NEXT YEAR?
    >> I DON'T THINK SO. I DON'T THINK SO.
    ACTUALLY I THINK IF ANYTHING, IF HE HAD GOTTEN MORE INVOLVED IN
    THESE RACES, IT MAY HAVE TURNED THE OTHER WAY.
    >> THIS IS NOT A TYPICAL CYCLE WE HOPE TO REVERSE THIS THEND
    NEXT YEAR. >> Reporter: ARE YOU WORRIED
    ABOUT NEXT YEAR? >> NO, I LIKE A GOOD FIGHT.
    >> TO HIM TILL LISS SAID ON TUESDAY QUOTE, HE GOT TO BE
    RHINO, REPUBLICANS IN NEED OF OUTCOMES, THAT'S SOMETHING HOUSE
    SPEAKER PAUL RYAN ECHOED IN AN INTERVIEW YESTERDAY MORNING.
    >> IN VIRGINIA, NEW JERSEY, ELSEWHERE, WHAT IS YOUR -- DOES
    THAT CAPPING YOUR READING OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL MOMENT AND OF
    THE URGENCY SURROUNDING TAX REFORM IN.
    >> IT DOESN'T CHANGE MY READING OF THE CURRENT MOMENT, IT
    EMPHASIZES MY CURRENT MOMENT. WHICH IS WE HAVE A PROMISE TO
    KEEP. WE HAVE TO GET ON WITH MAKING
    OUR PROMISE. I ADORE GILLESPIE, I FEEL BAD HE
    LOST, I THINK IT MEANS WE HAVE TO DELIVER.
    >> JOE. >> ACTUALLY, I DON'T, I DON'T
    READ ANY OF THAT AS NEGATIVE, I THINK PAUL RYAN IS EXACTLY
    RIGHT. THEY HAVE TO GET THINGS DONE.
    THIS HAS BEEN A DO-NOTHING REPUBLICAN CONGRESS.
    THEY'VE CONTROLLED ALL OF WASHINGTON.
    THEY'VE DELIVERED NOTHING. I DON'T KNOW THAT THAT PLAYED
    REALLY BIG IN VIRGINIA AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN THE STATE
    WIDE RACES. I THINK, AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE
    A GUEST ON LATER ON TODAY WHO HAS SAID THAT WE PAY TOO MUCH
    ATTENTION TO PEOPLE THAT ARE DOWN BALLOT.
    WE LOOK AT THEIR CHARACTERISTICS TOO MUCH, SOMETHING SUGGESTED IN
    HIS TWITTER FEED THAT A BAG OF MULCH JUST ONE THE GOVERNSHIP OF
    VIRGINIA. I THINK THAT'S A LITTLE HOURSH
    FOR HALF NORTHAM. BUT THE POINT WAS, THAT IT
    REALLY DID ALL FLOW DOWN FROM DONALD TRUMP.
    HE HAS OFFENDED TWO-THIRDS OF AMERICANS, HE HAS OFFENDED
    WOMEN. HE HAS OFFENDED A LOT OF
    INDEPENDENTS. >> HE'S OFFENSIVE IN GENERAL.
    I MEAN, C'MON. AROUND THE WORLD.
    >> WELL, THERE IS NO C'MON HERE. I'M NOT DEBATING YOU.
    I'M SAYING, DONALD TRUMP WAS THE CAUSE OF THE TIDAL WAVE.
    HE WAS THE EARTHQUAKE THAT CAUSED, WELL, WE'LL JUST SAY,
    WILLIE, THAT CAUSED THE TSUNAMI. THOSE REPUBLICANS, YOU DIDN'T
    EXPECT THEM TO COME OUT AND DRAUMPB AND MOST OF THEM JUST
    WERE POLITELY BRUSHING AWAY THE QUESTIONS.
    BUT THERE IS NO DOUBT BEHIND THE SCENES HIM I'M SURE HEIDI CAN
    TELL THIS, REPUBLICANS ARE FRETTING, BECAUSE THEY KNOW
    UNLESS THEY ARE IN A DARK, DARK RED DISTRICT IN 2018, THIS IS
    GOING TO HAPPEN THIS THEM. >> I DON'T THINK THE BLINDERS
    ARE SO BIG BASED ON THE PEOPLE I TALKED TO YESTERDAY IN THE
    REPUBLICAN PARTY, THAT WAS REPRESENTATIVE OF WHAT WE HEARD
    ON CAMERA FROM SOME SENATORS OF WHAT THE PARTY IS FEELING RIGHT
    NOW. THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN WATCH
    TUESDAY NIGHT, NOT JUST AT THE GOVERNOR'S LEVEL, DO UNDER THE
    BALLOT THROUGH THE HOUSE FLIPPING IN A HISTORIC WAY, WHAT
    HAPPENED IN MAINE WITH THE EXPANSION OF THE MEDICAID
    BENEFITS, NOT SEE SOME CONCERN OVER A PRESIDENT POLLING AT 35%
    AND WHO HASN'T DOTEN ANYTHING DONE, I THINK THIS PUTS A LOT
    MORE PRESSURE ON THE TAX BILL WE WILL GET A PEEK AT TODAY.
    >> IF ARE YOU A MEMBER LIKE BARBARA COME STACK SITTING IN A
    HILLARY DISTRICT OR IN ILLINOIS, YOU WOKE UP IN A COLD SWEAT.
    WHY? BECAUSE THIS REALLY WASN'T ABOUT
    SOME DEMOCRATIC MODEL, MAYBE I CAN GAIN THIS OUT AND BE A RHINO
    AND WIN. NO, IF THIS REPIECES ITSELF IN
    2018, MEMBERS LIKE HER ARE TOAST.
    THERE IS NO MODEL HOW YOU RUN AGAINST THIS.
    THIS WAS A WAVE. YOU HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE
    CLAIMING VICTORY TODAY IN A DEMOCRATIC PARTY T. MODERATES,
    THE LIBERAL PROGRESSIVES. BECAUSE EVERYONE WAS REPRESENTED
    IN A WAVE, WHICH IS WHAT THIS WAS.
    >> THE WHITE HOUSE YESTERDAY INSISTED THE DEMOCRATIC GAINS
    HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE PRESIDENT A. PERSON FAMILIAR
    WITH THE PRESIDENT'S POLITICAL OPERATION CALLED THE RESULTS
    UNSURPRISING. WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE FEAR LEVEL
    FOR THE UPCOMING MID-TERMS, SAYS 2018 IS A FAR WAY AWAY, NOW AS
    FAR AS 2016 IS IN THE PAST. STILL THE PRESIDENT TWEETED
    YESTERDAY TO MARK THE I WAS IN OF THE 2016 ELECTION WRITING,
    QUOTE, CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE DEPLORABLES AND THE MILLIONS
    OF PEOPLE WHO GAVE US A MASSIVE 304 TO 227 ELECTORAL COLLEGE
    LANDSLIDE VICTORY. JOE, LET'S SEE WHO IS STILL
    STANDING IN THAT PICTURE. HMM.
    >> WELL, WE WILL SEE NEXT YEAR, IT MAY BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT
    NEXT YEAR. BUT, HAROLD FORD, WE BROUGHT UP
    THIS POINT YESTERDAY THAT AFTER THE 2016 LOSS, EVERYBODY WAS
    FOCUSED ON HILLARY CLINTON, IT WAS ALL ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON'S
    LOSS AND THAT'S WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.
    WE'RE STILL HAVING PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THE DIVIDE IN THE
    DEMOCRATIC PARTY. BUT IF YOU WANTED TO KNOW HOW
    SICK THAT PARTY WAS, YOU LOOKED AT THAT TIME THOUSAND
    LEGISLATIVE SEATS THEY HAD LOST OVER THE PAST SEVEN, EIGHT
    YEARS. IT'S THE SAME THING WITH THE
    ELECTION YESTERDAY. YOU CAN TALK ABOUT ED GILLESPIE
    AND WHAT TYPE OF CAMPAIGN HE HASN'T ALL DAY.
    THAT'S NOT THE STORY. THE STORY IS THAT THE DEMOCRATS
    WERE DOWN SOMETHING LIKE 63 TO 37.
    I DON'T KNOW NOE THOSE NUMBERS ARE EXACTLY RIGHT.
    THEY CAME STORMING BACK. AGAIN, IT'S THAT TIDAL WAVE.
    THEY CAN ONLY BE EXPLAINED AWAY BY ONE THING, DONALD TRUMP.
    >> I AGREE WITH THE WAY YOU CHARACTERIZE.
    I LISTENED TO THE HOUSE MEMBERS YESTERDAY, INCLUDING THE ONE
    FROM VIRGINIA. HE SAID THIS RACE WAS NOT
    NATIONALIZED. IN FACT, IT WAS.
    THE REPUBLICANS DID NOT ACCOMPLISH A LOT IN WASHINGTON.
    IT CERTAINLY PLAYED INTO VOTERS' MINDS, TRUMP HIMSELF WE ALL HAVE
    BEEN KNOWN SUCH AN OBJECTIONABLE AND INFLAMMATORY FIGURE IT'S
    HURT THEM BADLY. DEMOCRATS SHOULD NOT OVERREAD
    THIS. YOU CAN LOOK BACK ON HISTORY AND
    WHEN NEW JERSEY AND VIRGINIA GOVERNOR RACES HAVE GONE ONE
    DIRECTION, IT'S SLIGHTLY MIXED. IT SHOWS WHEN DEMOCRATS DID
    UPDATES THE MOST RECENTLY IN '05 THEY WERE ABLE GAIN.
    GOVERNOR NORTHAM, HE FIT THE STATE.
    HERE'S A DEMOCRAT THAT FIT GEORGE W. BUSH TWO TIMES FOR
    PRESIDENT. IT'S UP CLEAR IF GIVEN THE
    CHANCE TO HAVE CHOSEN A NOMINEE IN VIRGINIA, WOULD HAVE CHOSEN
    DR. NORTHAM THE MESSAGE IS THAT BLUE DOG MODERATE LIL' LIBERAL,
    PROGRESSIVE. IT TAKES BOTH WINS TO FLIGHT.
    TO BE SUCCESSFUL, REMEMBER IT'S ONLY ONE YEAR SINCE DONALD TRUMP
    WAS ELECTED. MIKA SAYS SO MUCH HAS CHANGED.
    SO MUCH CAN CHANGE FOR THE BETTER OR THE WORSE, MY URGING
    OF THEM, MY OWN PARTY IS, STAY FOCUSED, CONTINUE TO PICK GOOD
    CANDIDATES, WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT WHERE IT MAKES SENSE,
    ESPECIALLY ON TAXES AND OTHER THINGS, IT WILL BENEFIT THE VERY
    VOTERS WE HAVE TO WIN BACK COME NEXT 84 AND OBVIOUSLY 2020.
    >> YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT COMES DOWN TO BAKES.
    YOU SEEN THIS ALL THE TIME ON THE ZOE SHOW BEFORE ELECTIONS.
    IT IS OBVIOUS, BUT IT'S OBVIOUSLY THE REASON WHY PEOPLE
    WIN IT. IT'S LIKE BLOCK AND TACKLING
    FOOTBALL GAMES. IT'S TURN JUT, TURNOUT, TURNOUT.
    YOU CAN LOCK AND SEE ACROSS THE STATE, ED GILLESPIE DID FAIRLY
    WELL WITH REPUBLICANS. THOSE ADS, THAT BROUGHT A LOT OF
    REPUBLICANS HOME, IF YOU LOOK AT THE POLLING.
    JUST MIKE BARNACLE, MORE DEMOCRATS WENT OUT TO VOTE.
    MORE DEMOCRATS STOOD IN LINE LONGER.
    MORE DEMOCRATS CALLED THEIR FRIENDS, MORE DEMOCRATS TOOK
    THEIR FRIENDS TO THE VOTING BOOTHS.
    MORE DEMOCRATS WERE ENGAGED THAN REPUBLICANS.
    IT WAS JUST BECAUSE OF A GREAT TURNOUT.
    FEW LOOK AT NEXT YEAR'S ELECTIONS, IT'S GOING TO COME
    DOWN TO TURNOUT AGAIN, BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATS, THEY STILL HAVE A
    TOUGH UPHILL BATTLE IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE
    SENATE. >> JOE, NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT.
    YOU SAW THAT IN THE NUMBERS AND THE PERCENTAGES YESTERDAY, IN
    EVERY PLACE WHERE THEY VOTED. BUT BACK TO BASICS, ONE OF THE
    BASICS WE HAVE TO MEASURE HERE AS YOU WALK AROUND ANY PLACE IN
    THIS COUNTRY. THERE IS A LEVEL OF BOTH
    EXHAUSTION AND EMBARRASSMENT WITH DONALD TRUMP.
    >> YEAH. >> EXHAUSTION BECAUSE OF THE
    TWEETS, MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY, EMBARRASSMENT BECAUSE I THINK A
    LOT OF PEOPLE SIT AND THINK, IS THIS THE KIND OF BEHAVIOR WE
    WANT FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES?
    WE SAW A CLIP FROM THE PRESIDENT AT THE TOP OF THE SHOW TALKING
    ABOUT CONGRATULATING CHINA ON THE FACT THAT THEY'RE DOING FOR
    THEIR PEOPLE WHAT HE IS UNABLE TO TO DO FOR OUR PEOPLE HERE,
    THEY'RE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF US. BECAUSE WITHIN MOMENTS OF HIS
    ASSUMING THE PRESIDENCY ONE YEAR AGO, HE IMMEDIATELY RESCINDED
    TPP THE TRANSPACIFIC PARTNERSHIP, WHICH WAS A
    TERRIFIC BOONE FOR TRADING FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
    THAT'S GONE NOW THE CHINESE AND RUSSIANS WILL DOMINATE THE
    PACIFIC RIM. BECAUSE WE'RE WITHDRAWN.
    >> RIGHT. >> YOU HAVE THAT.
    THEN HAVE YOU THE REALITY, PEOPLE PAY ATTENTION IN THIS
    COUNTRY. PEOPLE PAY ATTENTION TO THINGS
    LIKE THE PROPOSED TAX BILL, THEY CALL IT TAX REFORM, NO, IT'S TAX
    REVENGE IF YOU LOOK AT THAT BILL, THE ELEMENTS OF THAT BILL.
    PEOPLE ARE SITTING OUT THERE IN THE DISTURBS, THE CITIES,
    THINKING, WAIT A MINUTE, STATE AND LOCAL TAX, WE WILL NOT BE
    ABLE TO PUT THAT ON OUR TAX RURPS.
    YOU KNOW HIGH MEDICAL COSTS, STUDENT INTEREST LOANS
    ELIMINATED? THAT'S THE PROBLEM WE HAVE.
    THAT'S THE PROBLEM THEY ARE LIVING WITH.
    >> THAT ITSELF THE PROBLEM THAT WILL DROWN THEM.
    >> THE BILL, MIKA, THERE ARE SOME PORTIONS OF THAT BILL, THAT
    TAX BILL, THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY INEXPLICABLE.
    >> THAT ITSELF THE SORT OF THING WE HAVE TO PAY FOR.
    IF YOU WANT TO GO TO THE INSIDE GAME AND SEE HOW THE ELECTIONS
    IMPACT DONALD TRUMP. MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE
    ARE GOING TO BE LESS LIKELY TO FOLLOW HIM OFF THE CLIFF AND
    ALSO A TWEET LIKE HE DID RIGHT AFTER ED GILLESPIE LOST AND
    OBVIOUSLY COULD HAVE USED A LITTLE MORAL SUPPORT FROM THE
    PRESIDENT. A TWEET KICKING HIM THE SECOND
    HE WAS DOWN HARD SAYING HE LOST BECAUSE HE DIDN'T BOW DOWN TO ME
    ENOUGH. THAT REMEMBERED BY MEMBERS IN
    CONGRESS JUST LIKE THAT TWEET AND JUST LIKE HIS COMMENT
    TALKING ABOUT THE MEAN GOP HOUSE HEALTH CARE BILL.
    THIS IS SCAR TISSUE. IT ADDS UP.
    WHEN YOU SEE SOMEBODY RUNNING AND COW TAIL TO YOU AS MUCH AS
    THEY CAN. YOU STILL GET KICKED BECAUSE YOU
    LOSE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES?
    FIRST, OBVIOUSLY, IT'S CLASSLESS, IT'S HORRIFIC
    MANAGEMENT. IT MAKES THEM LESS LOYAL.
    >> IT'S MEAN, IT SHOWS HOW QUICK HE WILL TURN ON SOMEONE
    TRANSACTIONALLY. OF THE TRUMP SUPPORTERS, MANY
    ARE CLOSE TO YOU. I WONDER HOW LONG THEY CAN
    ACTUALLY HOLD ON TO PROTECTING SOMEONE WHO CONSISTENTLY LIES,
    LETS THEM DOWN AND EMBARRASSES THEM.
    AT SOME POINT, THERE
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