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Trump Talks Tough After the ‘Incredible’ Midterm Results

President touted GOP's 'big victory' in key races, ripped fake news media — and pledged to fight the Dem House majority

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning to herald the “tremendous” gains Republicans made in their “big victory” in the Senate and in other key races on Election Day — despite their loss of the House majority to Democrats.

“Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!” Trump initially tweeted late Tuesday before launching into a string of tweets Wednesday.

“Received so many Congratulations from so many on our Big Victory last night, including from foreign nations (friends) that were waiting me out, and hoping, on Trade Deals. Now we can all get back to work and get things done!” Trump wrote.

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In particular, Trump singled out Republican Ron DeSantis, Florida’s new governor-elect, for praise in his razor-thin victory against progressive star Andrew Gillum (D), the mayor of Tallahassee.

Trump endorsed the DeSantis candidacy during the Republican primary, and the governor-elect firmly aligned himself with Trump’s Make America Great Again agenda.

“Ron DeSantis showed great courage in his hard-fought campaign to become the Governor of Florida. Congratulations to Ron and family!” Trump wrote.

It was a good night for Republicans in the Senate.

The GOP flipped at least four Senate seats: Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) ousted Sen. Bill Nelson (D), 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.)

Republicans could flip one more seat as well — Montana auditor Matt Rosendale currently is beating Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), though the results are too close to call.

And the race to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) also 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.).

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

The Democratic theatrics surrounding the bitterly partisan confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh became a deciding factor in many of the key Senate races among vulnerable Democrat incumbents.

The House, however, fell to the Democrats, although the final majority number remains to be seen. But Trump struck a triumphant and defiant tone on Twitter while also taking a swipe at what he called the “FAKE NEWS” media.

“Those that worked with me in this incredible Midterm Election, embracing certain policies and principles, did very well. Those that did not, say goodbye! Yesterday was such a very Big Win, and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!” Trump wrote. “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!”

Although House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is poised to become the next speaker of the House for the second time, has signaled that Trump will be in for investigations and subpoenas once Democrats take their new House seats in January — Trump seemed unconcerned.

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“If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level. Two can play that game!” Trump taunted.

The president also magnanimously gave Pelosi credit for Democrats’ House victories and suggested that her divided party support her bid for speaker of the House — even though several Democratic lawmakers publicly have opposed her.

“In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats. If they give her a hard time, perhaps we will add some Republican votes. She has earned this great honor!” Trump wrote.

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