1. To seize.
2. To pull or twist violently.
3. To obtain by pulling or violent force.
… The outcome of the election was also a blow to those who anticipated major advances for the Democratic Party: it wrested over-all control of just one additional state legislature, and remains a minority in both houses of Congress, having gained only a handful of new seats in the House of Representatives, and only two in the Senate.
From the post: After Trump’s victory, Obama reflects on his legacy
Source: Obama Reckons with a Trump Presidency (newyorker.com)