Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Representing the 18th District of TEXAS

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement on the Press Conference by President Donald J. Trump Following GOP Losses in the 2018 Midterm Elections

Nov 8, 2018
Press Release

PRESS STATEMENT HEADER

For Immediate Release                                                                  Contact: Robin Chand

November 7, 2018                                                                                                  (202) 225–3816

Press Statement

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement on the Press Conference by President Donald J. Trump Following GOP Losses in the 2018 Midterm Elections

 

Jackson Lee—“And with regard to one of our most sacred amendments—the First Amendment to the United States Constitution—the president: went on a tirade of abuse to members of the media who asked pointed questions; lobbed ad hominem attacks at the media; denigrated reporters and at times, when the questions appeared too intense for his liking, the president postured as if he intended to walk away from the podium or possibly call security to remove some from the room.  While it did not happen, appearances certainly seemed to suggest that it might.”

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a Senior Member of the House Committees on Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Budget, and the Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, following the press conference this morning by the President on the results of the 2018 Midterm Elections, where Democrats made wide gains and captured control of the House of Representatives:  

“This morning, many of us awakened with the appreciation for yesterday’s peaceful, democratically held elections that took place across our nation, as is the American tradition.  In the course of these spirited contests, some individuals that Democrats supported won, and some individuals that Democrats supported did not win.  That is the American way and that is the process of democracy that is built on our Constitution. 

“Therefore, when the president took to the podium this morning for one of his infrequent press conferences, many watching welcomed the president speaking to the nation, thinking that he would provide the nation with a healing message and would want to bring us together, after these very controversial midterm elections.  However, what we were bombarded with was an unending series of words about how the president single-handedly won the election on behalf of all candidates, all in the name of self-promotion and self-interest, and his attempting to leave the American people with the impression and the belief that nothing positive occurred in the election without the president’s explicit support or denunciation of a particular candidate or cause.  This very stance undermines the hard work and diligent campaigning done by many candidates, Republicans and Democrats, across the country—many of them women, many of them running for the first time—who took ownership of their own races.  It is sad that none of the victories from last night were credited to these candidates, Republican or Democrat, and every success was seemingly attributed to him—and him only.  He made no attempt to speak about a bipartisan agenda going forward to help the American people. 

“Some of the president’s comments centered around demonizing Democrats who won and embarrassing Republicans publicly and by name, who chose not to campaign with him and lost their contests yesterday evening.  It is shameful that this is what the American Presidency has come to.

“And with regard to one of our most sacred amendments—the First Amendment of the United States Constitution—the president: went on a tirade of abuse to members of the media who asked pointed questions; lobbed ad hominem attacks at the media; denigrated reporters—including two African American women—and at times, when the questions appeared too intense for his liking, the president postured as if he intended to walk away from the podium or possibly call security to remove some from the room.  While it did not happen, appearances certainly seemed to suggest it might happen. 

“I have a simple question: when can we get a president who leads, that listens and extends an olive branch so that we may heal this nation and begin to reflect on the wonder of our values on which this country was built, and show the world that we are a resilient and strong democracy able to face differences and disagreements and yet remain ready to work on behalf of all of the people of the United States of America.” 

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Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat representing the 18th Congressional District of Texas, is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary, Homeland Security and the Budget. She is a Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.