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 TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny 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 DeSantisGillum officially concedes in Florida gubernatorial race Trump: Gillum will be 'force to reckon with' DeSantis transition team zeroes in on possible chief of staff 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 HellerCortez Masto named Dem Senate campaign chairwoman Nevada New Members 2019 Election Countdown: Lawsuits fly in Florida recount fight | Nelson pushes to extend deadline | Judge says Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act | Biden, Sanders lead 2020 Dem field in poll | Bloomberg to decide on 2020 by February MORE (Nev.), Senate candidate John James (Mich.), Reps. Rod Blum (Iowa), Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsTexas New Members 2019 Congress is going to make marijuana moves McCarthy defeats Jordan for minority leader in 159-to-43 vote MORE (Texas), John FasoJohn James FasoTax law failed to save GOP majority New York New Members 2019 McCarthy defeats Jordan for minority leader in 159-to-43 vote MORE (N.Y.), Claudia Tenney (N.Y.), Dave Brat (Va.), Randy HultgrenRandall (Randy) Mark HultgrenIllinois New Members 2019 Republicans must learn from the election mistake on immigration Newly elected Dems downplay midterms results as referendum on Trump MORE (Ill.) and Keith RothfusKeith James RothfusPennsylvania New Members 2019 Pennsylvania Dem: Trump has proven he's 'interested in negotiating' Trump rips pundits for not giving him ‘proper credit’ for ‘great’ midterm MORE (Pa.), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and others.