Many interpreted that as a tongue-in-cheek comment, but the president said that was not the case. The voters, he says, came in "really angry", but he realized that wasn't the case everywhere.
But the White House news conference was also quickly overtaken by Trump's ongoing attacks on the media, as the president repeatedly flashed his temper as he insulted several reporters by name, interrupted their questions, ordered some to sit down and deemed one inquiry "racist". They can address the new political reality with an eye toward solving problems, and the politicians can show voters they know how to govern. Crumbling infrastructure is Exhibit A.
The elections also exposed an extraordinary political realignment in an electorate defined by race, gender, and education that could shape USA politics for years to come.
"The whole issue of presidential harassment is interesting", the leader said, "I remember when we tried it in the late 90s".
West Wing aides are bracing for a number of investigations, including probes into whether Trump's business was profiting off his presidency and looking at his administration's move to separate migrant children from their families.
Meanwhile, votes were still being counted. Democratic candidates won, or are now leading in, 18 seats by a margin lower than 5 percentage points. House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, who won re-election to her House District 48 seat with almost 80 percent of the vote, said Democrats believed they would hold 89 seats once the final tallies are in. "But I also think that it's within our jurisdiction to hold some hearings on it, because it has sowed a lot of confusion", he said.
Representative Seth Moulton of Salem is about to get some serious reinforcements to his troop of Democrats who want to end Nancy Pelosi's 15-year reign as the leader of House Democrats.
To get this hard task right, Democrats must recognize why the voters engineered a transfer of power that has marginalized noxious partisans like Devin Nunes, the chair of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, and empowered watchdogs like the man who will take the gavel from him: veteran prosecutor Adam Schiff. And that could end up being bad news for leading progressive presidential hopefuls like Elizabeth Warren of MA and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
There was a fair amount of overlap in 2016 between Mr Trump's and Bernie Sanders' supporters - Mr Trump can rest assured that the progressive left did not appear to be very energised by Tuesday's results.
Andrew Gillum, who narrowly lost in Florida to a Trump-supporting Republican, had endorsed a $15 (£11) minimum wage, universal healthcare, reforming immigration enforcement, among other measures. The easiest pathway back to the White House might be through the Midwestern states that fell when Mrs Clinton's electoral "blue wall" collapsed.
Some Republicans sought to explain Michigan's shift to a more purple hue as nearly an inevitability after a long stint of one-party control. "[Outsiders] don't like Washington, they don't trust Washington, and they reward politicians who are the most anti-Washington".
Looking ahead to partisan relations on Capitol Hill come January, Mr. Davis, the former Virginia congressman, sees a "threshold issue" for Democrats: the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump associates in the 2016 campaign. His Democratic replacement is former prosecutor Adam Schiff, a staunch Mueller defender. Davis asks. "That goes right to their base".
Gingrich added that Trump should "spend 2019 governing" and that includes trying to work with Democrats on certain issues that could generate support on both sides of the aisle or perhaps leaving Democrats with the blame if the effort falls apart. But for the entirety of Trump's first year in office and through much of the second as well, the administration deferred to the priorities of House Speaker Paul Ryan, the most orthodox of Republican politicians.
He also notes that wealthy party activists like Tom Steyer, talk radio, and cable TV will be "whipping this thing up", and saying, "We elected you guys, what are you doing?" If either of them think it's a key to Mr O'Rourke's fundraising fortune, they'll take up skateboarding or join a grunge band in an instant. "This is going to add gasoline on the fire".
When he is elevated to control of the House Ways and Means Committee, as is expected in January, based on his 26 years of service on the panel, Neal would be the first MA politician to lead it since 1871.
Trump said in a tweet earlier Wednesday that Pelosi "deserves" to be House speaker, and even offered to help provide the votes. "On the other hand, you had some that chose to, 'Let's stay away". That 20% is five times the percentage who disliked George W. Bush but liked his policies when he lost the House in 2006, and 10 times the share that disliked Barack Obama in 2013.