“Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and 0! All the Fake News, all the money spent = 0,” the president tweeted just before midnight.
It was one of five tweets he posted as election results came in from both Georgia and South Carolina, where a Republican also won, though in a race that was much closer than expected. Ralph Norman snagged a victory over Democrat Archie Parnell in the state’s 5th District with approximately 51 percent of the vote. The seat was vacated by Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget.
But it was the Georgia victory that drew the biggest digs from the Trump family and the president’s associates. Although Price had won the district by 20 percentage points in November, Trump won by only four percentage points. So when Price vacated the seat, Democrats saw an opportunity and spent millions to back Ossoff in what was said to be the most expensive House race in history, with an estimated $50 million spent by both sides.
“The democrats could not have put more into this race. They spent the most $ EVER and LOST,” Donald Trump Jr. said in one of many tweets throughout the night.
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, tweeted with a touch of snark.
“Laughing my #Ossoff,” she wrote.
And many on Team Trump tweeted or retweeted barbs at the news media, such as this jab at CNN:
“For every reporter who covered this race as a referendum against President Trump and his agenda, it’s time to refocus your stories,” said a statement from Michael Ahrens, the Republican National Committee’s rapid response director, posted to Twitter by New York Times reporter Eric Lipton.
Meanwhile, the president’s preferred news outlet received nothing but praise.
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