Trump gets called out on Electoral College lie during press conference
On Thursday afternoon, President Trump called a press conference to ostensibly announce his new labor secretary pick, but instead turned in another long and rambling performance accusing the media of propagating “fake news,” bragging about his administrations non-accomplishments, and boasting about his Electoral College win.
During his screed, Trump managed to mention, apropos of nothing, his 306 Electoral College votes as“the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan.”
As Vox pointed out, Trump actually racked up 304 votes instead of the 306 he keeps touting because of two faithless electors, but that’s beside the point. The fact of the matter is that Trump’s electoral win is smaller than both of Barack Obama’s wins, both of Bill Clinton’s wins, and George H.W. Bush’s 426 vote landslide in 1988.
NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander called out the president on the blatant and easily verifiable lie during the Q & A. “You said today you have the biggest electoral margin since Ronald Reagan,” Alexander said, before listing the aforementioned vote tallies. “So why should Americans trust you when you accuse the information they’ve received as being fake?”
It’s a great question.
“I was given that information,” said Trump. “I don’t know. I was just given it. We had a very, very big margin.”
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) February 16, 2017
When pressed, Trump backpedaled further. “It was a substantial victory,” Trump said, “you do agree with that?”
“You’re the president,” Alexander said, after effectively fact-checking Trump in real time.
Trump was never able to explain why anyone should trust him.
[screen shot: NBC News]