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 TrumpHouse Freedom Caucus calls for Congress to work on shutdown through break Democrat previews Mueller questions for Trump’s AG nominee Trump inaugural committee spent ,000 on makeup for aides: report 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 DeSantisFlorida governor announces sheriff's suspension over Parkland shooting DeSantis asks entire South Florida water management board to resign Rick Scott threw party at Florida governor’s mansion after DeSantis and family had moved in: report 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 HellerTrump’s shifting Cabinet to introduce new faces Trump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 Progressive strategist says changing demographics will help Dems MORE (Nev.), Senate candidate John James (Mich.), Reps. Rod Blum (Iowa), Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsTop 10 events of 2018 that shaped marijuana policy Washington braces for lengthy shutdown Lawmakers shrug off shutdown drama 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 HultgrenLauren Underwood becomes youngest ever black woman to be sworn in to Congress Illinois New Members 2019 Republicans must learn from the election mistake on immigration MORE (Ill.) and Keith RothfusKeith James RothfusTrump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 Pennsylvania New Members 2019 Pennsylvania Dem: Trump has proven he's 'interested in negotiating' MORE (Pa.), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and others.