Trump just can’t get over his popular vote loss to Hillary Clinton. And he can’t stop lying about his electoral victory either. People are right to be concerned about his mental state, and fitness for office.
NBC reporter Peter Alexander corrected President Donald Trump during a press conference Thursday after the president yet again made a false claim about his Electoral College victory margin.
Russia dominated the questions, but in a meandering, streams-of-consciousness news conference, Trump also found a way to brag about his victory over Hillary Clinton, yet again falsely claiming the margin, 306 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232, was the biggest since Ronald Reagan’s 1984 win. In fact, Barack Obama won more electoral votes in 2008 and 2012, Bill Clinton won more in 1992 and 1996 and George H.W. Bush won more in 1988.
Alexander, a correspondent for NBC News, sought to correct Trump on those figures, and pressed him to explain how he could call reporting by outlets like The New York Times and CNN “fake news” while using inaccurate figures himself.
“Why should Americans trust you?” asked Alexander.
“I was given that information,” Trump said, cutting Alexander off. “I don’t know. I was just given it. We had a very, very big margin.”
“Why should Americans trust you when you accuse the information they receive of being fake, when you provide information that’s not accurate?” Alexander asked.
“I was given that information,” said Trump. “Actually, I’ve seen that information around. ”
Trump has repeatedly described his victory over Clinton as a “historic” and “massive” landslide. That’s not the case. His Electoral College victory actually ranks 46th out of 58 presidential elections. He lost the popular vote to Clinton by about 2.8 million votes.