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Business mogul Donald Trump, who has actively campaigned against President Barack Obama for years, took to Twitter during last night’s election with some pretty strong words for the country.
Not known for beating around the bush, Trump began with calls for “revolution” as states were seemingly being called prematurely, but tempered his tone as the night progressed and Barack Obama’s win became more definite. He did not, however, express any optimism at the thought of four more years with the incumbent.
“[Obama] lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election…We should have a revolution in this country!” Trump tweeted around 11:30 p.m. ET. At the same hour, he added: “More votes equals a loss…revolution!”
It should be noted, however, that Trump deleted the tweets overtly calling for revolution after Obama pulled ahead in the popular vote.
However, he left three pretty expressive ones calling for marching on Washington and fighting “like hell” over the “sham” of an election:
Like we said, however, as the night progressed and Obama’s lead solidified, Trump’s tone became more of a disappointed resignation to the fate we had voted for as a nation.
He wrote (remember older tweets are at the bottom):
In the end, Trump hoped the House of Representatives would be able to keep the country in check until Republicans are able to regain control of the Senate or the White House.
“Stay strong and never give up!” he wrote.
Though Trump somewhat moderated his tone towards the end of the night, his collection of tweets is not going unnoticed in the media. The U.K. Daily Mail, The Huffington Post, Politico, and many others have already lambasted the well-known businessman and celebrity for calling for revolution, however briefly.
NBC’s Brian Williams, in particular, condemned Trump’s statements (video via Business Insider):