But blue-collar voters and rural America embraced his aggressive talk and stands.
The White House news conference was punctuated by Trump's escalating attacks on the media.
"Nothing is more wholesome for our country, for our politics, for our campaigning than the increased participation of women in the electoral process", Nancy Pelosi, who's on track to be Democrats' pick for speaker of the House, said last month on CNN. "She has earned this great honor!", Trump said.
On yet another scoreboard, Democrats managed to narrow the gap in governorships Tuesday, winning about half the 36 seats at stake on the day and narrowing the overall GOP advantage in the category from double-digits to just three. The new, split reality that Washington woke up to on Wednesday poses stark challenges for the White House, but also presents some political opportunities.
The president's party will maintain control of the executive branch of the government, in addition to the Senate.
Democrats needed to pick up 23 House seats in tallies early Wednesday, results that could enable the party to block much of Trump's legislative agenda as well as issue investigations into his administration and business affairs.
"This isn't just the year of the woman, this is the year of every woman", said Cecile Richards, who served as the president of Planned Parenthood for more than a decade, noting the groundbreaking diversity among the women who have run for office this year.
It wasn't clear what leaks he was referring to. What he would not favor, though, would be investigations or sanctions that would further damage the well-connected Russian oligarchs believed to have helped fund the USA election meddling efforts.
Record diversity on the ballot may have helped drive turnout.
Former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala noted that both of her opponents in the race for a House seat from Florida were women.
Young voters nationwide also made up 12 percent of the electorate, with 6 in 10 backing Democrats. A legislative proposal only becomes law once the House, the Senate and then the President, have approved it.
Democrats celebrated a handful of victories in their "blue wall" Midwestern states, electing or re-electing governors in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and in Wisconsin, where Scott Walker was defeated by the state's education chief, Tony Evers. The only Republicans up for reelection in states Hillary Clinton won in 2016 are Sens. Further, Democrats had an underwhelming performance in OH, where gubernatorial nominee Richard Cordray lost and incumbent senator Sherrod Brown won by only six points against a weak Republican. Who is this man and what have they done with the actual Donald Trump?
The results were more mixed deeper into Trump country. On Tuesday we saw that a sizable majority of the American public was willing to put their votes where their mouths are.
Republicans complain that Democrats are mostly interested in assembling a case to impeach Trump.
And White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders noted another detail from the midterms that will quietly please Trump - candidates he supported in election rallies did "very well tonight".
On Wednesday, China would not comment directly on the USA election results.
The party with the presidency often loses House seats in midterm elections. They flagrantly lied about their only other attempted policy: the repeated efforts to repeal ObamaCare, which would snatch coverage for tens of millions of people and badly weaken protections for pre-existing conditions.
Liberal Beto O'Rourke's underdog Senate campaign fell short in conservative Texas against Republican Ted Cruz.
"I do think they will definitely try to impeach nearly immediately", said Meadows, even though Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have downplayed that issue during the campaign.
"He and his campaign were as good as anybody I've seen", Wiles said of Gillum.
"What this election doesn't change is that without the USA, we will not be able to solve problems in an ever more complicated world".
Still, about one-third of voters said Trump was not a factor in their votes.
The president bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation.