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Seven of the Most Outrageous Media Reactions to the Midterm Results

MSNBC, CNN and ABC all featured predictable and partisan hot takes

Democrats won the House and Republicans maintained control of the Senate following the Tuesday midterm elections — and the results were met with predictably partisan reactions from liberal mainstream media members.

Two of the liberal media’s most hyped-up darlings — Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) — narrowly lost their respective races against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Florida Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis (R), respectively.

It was a good night for Republicans in the Senate.

The GOP flipped at least three Senate seats: Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) defeated Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) clinched the victory over Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), and Republican Mike Braun (R) defeated Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)

The race to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) remains too close to call as of right now — though Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) currently has a slim lead over Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).

And although it initially looked like Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) ousted Sen. Bill Nelson (D), the margin is so thin that Nelson’s campaign has called for a recount.

Nevertheless, the GOP expanded its Senate majority by enough seats that confirming any of President Donald Trump’s future judicial nominees should be a smooth process.

The Democratic theatrics surrounding the bitterly partisan confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh became a deciding factor in many key Senate races, as most of the vulnerable Democrat incumbents who voted against Kavanaugh lost their races.

The House, however, fell to the Democrats, although the final majority number remains to be seen.

As the results poured in, mainstream media members reacted with varying degrees of partisan exultation, disbelief, mourning and mockery. Here are seven of the most notable reactions:

1.) MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough (pictured above left) could not believe that conservatives actually turned out to vote for Trump-backed candidates.

“A lot of Americans decided to go out and vote … to support a man who spent the last month of the campaign not making subtle appeals to racism, but making overtly bigoted, racist statements, attacking brown people, attacking black people, attacking people who were the others,” Scarborough said.

“And I do sit here this morning and I do wonder how do you exactly square that in your mind that you went out specifically to support a guy that gained the praise of David Duke, that gained the praise of white nationalists, that acted the way he did in the last month of the campaign?” Scarborough continued.

2.) MSNBC regular Prof. Eddie Glaude, Princeton’s African-American Studies chairman, echoed similar sentiments to Scarborough on “Morning Joe,” lamenting that “a large percentage of this country bought the final argument of Donald Trump.”

“And it disturbs me to my core, Joe. And there’s a kind of confluence of selfishness and racism. So even if you say, ‘Because my taxes need to be low’ … there are folks that are willing to stomach what we just heard over this last midterm election because they have these self-interests,” Glaude added.

3.) NBC News correspondent and anchor Andrea Mitchell practically cheered that the Democrats’ House takeover meant that “clown” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) would no longer be chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence anymore.

“The House Intelligence Committee, which, Joe, you know so well, was always a bipartisan committee. It was never run by a clown, forgive me, like Devin Nunes,” Mitchell said on “Morning Joe,” a comment that was met by applause.

Scarborough agreed with Mitchell, saying, “He was the president’s hand-deliverer … That is the definition legislatively of a clown.”

4.) CNN’s Jim Acosta (above center) complained that Trump and conservatives do not fully understand the significance of losing the House, which is not uncommon in a midterm election year.

“The country has gone from people being in their own information silos to being in their own election results silos,” Acosta tweeted. “Trump/GOP not dealing with reality yet in House. Big sea change. Dems now mobilized for 2020. Just wait til they can vote against Trump. But Dems may have to do some soul searching over how far left they go. Trump country filled with Dems who could switch back. I know. I met them.”

5.) CNN host and commentator Van Jones (above right) apparently experienced the entire spectrum of emotions Tuesday night. “This is heartbreaking … It’s heartbreaking,” Jones initially bemoaned on the network as early results poured in.

“The hope has been that the anti-bodies would kick in. That this sort of infestation of hatred and division would draw a response from the American people — really in both parties — to say ‘no,’ and ‘no more.’ That does not seem to be happening tonight.”

“It’s not a blue wave, but it’s still a blue war. We’ve got to continue the fight forward,” Jones added.

But he felt miraculously better further along in the night, saying, “My heart has been restored … It is the end of one-party rule in the United States, thank God, and the beginning of a new Democratic party. Younger, browner, cooler, more women, more veterans.”

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“It may not be a blue wave, it’s a rainbow wave,” Jones gushed.

6.) MSNBC host Chris Hayes compared Cruz’s victory over O’Rourke last night to keeping Texans prisoners.

“Someone earlier tonight, a Texas Democrat who is elected, described the math in Texas like being in a prison and trying to get over a wall,” Hayes said, adding, “It’s a tall wall and it’s really hard. And Beto has done a lot to get up over that wall. It looks like he’s going to fall short.”

7.) ABC News’ “The View” co-host Joy Behar even erroneously claimed Wednesday on the show that Republicans picked up Senate seats “because of gerrymandering.”

This is impossible — as Senate elections are statewide races, and there is no redistricting of states as wholes.

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PoliZette writer Kathryn Blackhurst can be reached at [email protected].