Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock

By any pollster’s gauge, the schadenfreude factor was off the charts on Donald Trump’s social media platform of choice (that would be Twitter) and in various news outlets Tuesday following Trump’s bruising defeat by Ted Cruz in Iowa the night before.

True to form, though, the newly downgraded GOP runner-up was ready with the #doublespeak after a few uncharacteristically tweetless hours. Turns out that Trump’s surprising loss to Cruz wasn’t really a loss, nor was it surprising, according to the renegade candidate himself. What a surprise.

Below are a few exemplary Trumpian specimens in 140 words or less (via Twitter):

–Posted by Kasia Anderson

Your support matters…

Independent journalism is under threat and overshadowed by heavily funded mainstream media.

You can help level the playing field. Become a member.

Your tax-deductible contribution keeps us digging beneath the headlines to give you thought-provoking, investigative reporting and analysis that unearths what's really happening- without compromise.

Give today to support our courageous, independent journalists.