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Donald Trump shows no love for Carlos ‘Quebella’

President Donald Trump, describing it as “very close to complete victory,” celebrated the wins of his endorsed candidates in Tuesday’s midterm elections, including what could be a 7-0 record in Florida.

During a rambling post-election news conference Wednesday, Trump also took a shot at Republicans who didn’t embrace him, such as Congressman Carlos Curbelo, who was narrowly defeated for his South Florida seat by Democrat Debbie MucarselPowell.

“They did very poorly,” Trump said. “I don’t know if I should feel happy or sad about it, but I feel just fine about it.”

Trump taunted Curbelo along with U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, who lost in Colorado; U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock in Virginia; U.S. Rep. Mia Love in Utah; and U.S. Rep. John Faso in New York.

Curbelo’s spokeswoman Joanna Rodriguez tweeted a simple “Lol” in response after it was pointed out that Trump pronounced Curbelo’s name “Quebella.”

Curbelo was the only incumbent congressman in Florida to be defeated, while Democrats also flipped an open South Florida seat on Tuesday.

Curbelo broke with Trump on issues such as immigration. His district, which covers Southwest Miami-Dade County and all of Monroe County, has more registered Democrats than Republicans.

Trump publicly endorsed Gov. Rick Scott’s run for U.S. Senate; former Congressman Ron DeSantis for Governor; Congressmen Neal Dunn, Matt Gaetz and Ted Yoho as they ran for re-election; and congressional candidates Ross Spano and Michael Waltz.

“Rick Scott won, and I helped him,” Trump bragged after saying his efforts overcame “a lot of celebrities” that campaigned for Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.

The Scott-Nelson contest is expected to require a recount.

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