President Trump seems to have a preoccupation with size. He has constantly lied about the size of the attendance at his inauguration, and by the amount of votes he won during the election. However, the fact remains that Donald Trump lost the popular vote by over three million votes.
Yet, today, Trump again exaggerated the size of his Electoral College win, only to be quickly corrected and blame the facts on bad information that he was allegedly given.
That’s right. Trump stated at a news conference that he had the largest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan. Then NBC’s Peter Alexander corrected him, and let him know that too was a lie.
However, Trump did not defend his fact. He simply started to sweat and stated:
“I was given that information. Actually, I’ve seen that information around. It was a very substantial victory. Would you agree with that?”
The fact is, Trump won enough states to give him 56.9% or 306 Electoral College votes. That places him 45th out of 58 US presidential campaigns in the ranking of winning percentages going all the way back to George Washington’s victory in the election of 1789.
As Alexander pointed out at the press conference, several presidents have won more electoral votes since Reagan than did Trump, including Barack Obama, who won 365 votes in 2008, and George H.W. Bush, who took in 426 in 1988.
How can Americans trust the government if the President is giving the people incorrect information?