How Many Lies Can You Count?
Donald Trump just posted a statement on winning the Electoral College vote, which he did late Monday afternoon. But the statement, an official communication from the Trump transition team, is filled with lies, including the claim that he won in a landslide and the suggestion, yet again, that he won the popular vote.
"Today marks a historic electoral landslide victory in our nation's democracy," Trump's statement begins. His Electoral College win ranks 46th out of 58. It's literally the opposite of a landslide.
"I thank the American people for their overwhelming vote to elect me as their next President of the United States," he continues. Again, Trump lost the popular vote. In fact, with more than 2.8 million votes more than Trump, Hillary Clinton could make that exact statement and it would hold more truth.
"The official votes cast by the Electoral College exceeded the 270 required to secure the presidency by a very large margin, far greater than ever anticipated by the media," he says. While most of the media predicted a Clinton win, Trump walks away with just 304 Electoral College votes, after two Texas electors refused to cast their ballots for him. That's not a "very large margin," nor, again, does it rank even in the top half of Electoral College wins.
"This election represents a movement that millions of hard working men and women all across the country stood behind and made possible. With this historic step we can look forward to the bright future ahead. I will work hard to unite our country and be the President of all Americans," he concludes. "Together, we will make America great again."
Some responses via Twitter:
Trump declares today's electoral college vote to be "a historic electoral landslide victory." It was not. Not at all. This is a lie. pic.twitter.com/7DpJ9r4xQrâ€” Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) December 19, 2016
But he got a larger share than 10 other losers. Sad (for them)! https://t.co/7GxiKCY8xjâ€” Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) December 19, 2016
On election night, like today, Trump vowed to work to unite the country. Haven't seen single sign of anything like that from him. Nothingâ€” Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) December 20, 2016
@jbarro Well, it was historic in that he had the third-worst popular vote margin of any presidentâ€” Matt O'Brien (@ObsoleteDogma) December 20, 2016
I can't figure out if this is an Orwellian abuse of language, insecurity, or maybe Trump just doesn't know what "landslide" means https://t.co/IZXIx7tCcfâ€” Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) December 20, 2016
in addition to lying about landslide victory, Trump takes a swipe at media - day after his off-the-record soiree with some of them https://t.co/30UcVQHV38â€” Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) December 19, 2016
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