Amateur president Donald Trump on Thursday falsely claimed during a press conference that he had the biggest Electoral College win since former President Ronald Reagan. “I guess it was the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan,” he said.
“In other words the media is trying to attack our administration because they know we are following through on pledges that we made and they’re not happy about it, for whatever reason,” he continued. “But a lot of people are happy about it.”
NBC reporter Peter Alexander corrected Trump on his jaw-dropping, ego-driven claim, and pressed Trump to explain how he could call reporting by news outlets such as The New York Times and CNN “fake news” while using figures which are not accurate.
“I was given that information,” Trump replied. “Actually, I’ve seen that information around. But it was a very substantial victory. Do you agree with that?”
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 16, 2017
The fact is that Trump’s Electoral College victory ranks 46th out of 58 presidential elections. He received 304 electoral votes. In 2012, former President Barack Obama received 332 electoral votes, and in 2008 he garnered 365 electoral votes. Former President Bill Clinton also received more electoral votes than Trump during both of his elections. So did former President George H.W. Bush with 426 votes in 1988. So no, Trump did not win a “substantial victory” at all. His electoral college win was as lackluster as his Inauguration. And who is ‘giving’ Donald false information about his electoral college win? We’re thinking it was President Bannon.
Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million. He’s never gotten over that fact.
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