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Trump Says That Media Figures That Don’t Properly Praise His Election Wins Are ‘Fake News’
Donald Trump is dismissing 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.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
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.
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.”
Dozens of Trump-backed GOP candidates lost House, Senate and gubernatorial races, including Sen. Dean Heller, Senate candidate John James, Reps. Rod Blum, Pete Sessions, John Faso, Claudia Tenney, Dave Brat, Randy Hultgren and Keith Rothfus, as well as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and many others.
Twitter quickly set Trump straight:
Yes, you get all the credit for losing the House. And all the credit for women and minorities coming out like never before! Wit until 2020…this is only the beginning. Every Repub in the last 2 years needs to be voted out.
— ResistinginVA (@gabnakkulablake) November 7, 2018
That’s not how news works. It’s not their job to stroke your ego. Even if you do something that deserves credit, lack of getting that credit doesn’t make the news fake.
— Ryan Farb (@Farb008) November 7, 2018
Um, no. Democrats won:
7 state houses
The House of Representatives
And here is the popular vote tally from the Senate races:
Republicans: 31,490,026 (43.0%)
Democrats: 40,558,262 (55.4%) https://t.co/Lj1gsVCEuI
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) November 7, 2018
The President of the United States is warning journalists that if they don't lie for him, he will publicly defame them.
Everyone sees how fascist this is right…? https://t.co/Fx6JuKb6dA
— Translate Trump (@TranslateRealDT) November 7, 2018
Amazing how everything that is against your distorted view of reality is fake news. Guess it must be fake news that you lost the house and a majority of Americans disapprove of your time in the oval office. Highest disapproval rating since 1945. https://t.co/1ihBYb64nQ
— Eshu (@Eshu__) November 7, 2018