Trump rips pundits for not giving him ‘proper credit’ for ‘great’ midterm

Trump rips pundits for not giving him ‘proper credit’ for ‘great’ midterm
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE on Wednesday dismissed those in the media he said are not giving the White House and the GOP “proper credit” for midterm results, labeling them as “fake news.”

"To any of the pundits or talking heads that do not give us proper credit for this great Midterm Election, just remember two words - FAKE NEWS!" Trump tweeted the morning after Republicans lost control of the House but expanded their majority in the Senate.

Several pundits and anchors acknowledged early in the night on Tuesday that the results were not indicative of a "blue wave" carrying Democrats into majorities in both chambers of Congress, including Democratic strategist James Carville, and Jake Tapper and Van Jones of CNN.

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The president has been unflinchingly positive in his response to the midterm results, where Democrats retook control of the House by defeating a number of Trump-backed candidates. He has called the night a "tremendous success" and a "big victory."

A handful of candidates Trump boosted with campaign stops in the closing weeks of the campaign appeared to emerge victorious on Tuesday, including Senate candidates Mike Braun of Indiana, Josh Hawley of Missouri and Rick Scott of Florida. Former congressman Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisGov. DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump The Hill's Morning Report — Sanders, Dems zero in on Super Tuesday Florida lawmakers pass bill requiring parental consent for abortions, governor expected to sign MORE, who aligned himself closely with the president, also won Florida's close gubernatorial election.

However, dozens of Trump-backed GOP candidates lost House, Senate and gubernatorial races, including Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (Nev.), Senate candidate John James (Mich.), Reps. Rod Blum (Iowa), Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsThe Hill's review of John Solomon's columns on Ukraine Tenth Congressional Black Caucus member backs Biden Giuliani held phone call with Maduro amid Venezuela crisis MORE (Texas), John FasoJohn James FasoThe most expensive congressional races of the last decade The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority GOP House super PAC targets two freshman Dems with new ads MORE (N.Y.), Claudia Tenney (N.Y.), Dave Brat (Va.), Randy HultgrenRandall (Randy) Mark HultgrenRepublican challenging freshman Dem rep says he raised 0,000 in 6 days Illinois Dems offer bill to raise SALT deduction cap The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority MORE (Ill.) and Keith RothfusKeith James RothfusConor Lamb gets 2020 challenger touted by Trump The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Trump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 MORE (Pa.), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and others.