Despite winning the electoral college, but losing the popular vote, President Donald Trump has frequently insisted that his victory was a landslide and that he holds a mandate from the people.
For example, in a recent interview with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, Trump stated that he won in a “massive landslide.”
‘We had a massive landslide victory, as you know, in the Electoral College.’
Trump isn’t the only member of his administration to make such claims. Recently, Kellyanne Conway tweeted about Trump’s historic victory.
‘306. Landslide. Blowout. Historic.’
306. Landslide. Blowout. Historic. https://t.co/ObYZDo8cBq
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) November 28, 2016
The Trump administration has certainly spoken at great length about his “landslide” victory, but so far there has been no evidence to support this claim. Of course, that’s understandable given that these claims are blatantly, provably false. PolitiFact recently ran the math on every presidential election since George Washington and the numbers clearly show that Trump’s victory is not, in fact, historic.
Trump won the electoral college with 56.88 percent of the vote, which places him near the bottom quarter of presidents. Trump is nowhere near the top. Some might argue that it is unfair to compare Trump to every president in history, but he does not even rank that well in comparison to recent presidents.
When looking at every election held since WWII, PolitiFact found that Trump ranked lower than 12 of the previous winners and only ranked higher than five. Even by that metric, he was in the bottom third.
Another major issue with Trump’s claim is that he lost the popular vote by more than 2 percent. In terms of raw votes, Hillary Clinton won nearly 3 million more votes than did Trump. As PoltiFact pointed out, his continued insistence that he won by a landslide only serves to cheapen the term “landslide.” If Trump’s victory was a landslide then you could conceivably call any victory a landslide because the term loses all meaning.
This whole affair is simply more evidence of Trump’s inability to handle any sort of criticism. If he had simply stated that he had won the electoral college, and thus the presidency, then no one would have been able to criticize him, but to claim it was a “landslide” makes him appear petty.
In the end, PolitiFact rated Trump’s claim as false.
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