Donald Trump’s version of WhiteHouse.gov came online Friday during his inauguration. Unfortunately, like a lot of things associated with Trump, there was a factual error found in the biography section.
The page claimed that “Mr. Trump won the election on November 8 of 2016 in the largest electoral college landslide for a Republican in 30 years.” Less than 30 years ago, a Republican did win the electoral college by a wider margin than Trump.
In 1988, George H.W Bush defeated Michael Dukakis by 426 electoral votes to Dukakis’ 111. This is a margin of 79.2 percent.
Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by earning 306 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232. Trump’s margin of victory over Clinton is 56.9 percent, obviously less than Bush’s. Beyond that, Trump lost two electoral votes when they refused to vote for him and defected.
The Trump administration did not admit their mistake but did change the biography to read “Mr. Trump won the election on November 8 of 2016 in the largest electoral college landslide for a Republican in 28 years.” You’ll find a screenshot of the original below, courtesy of ABC News.
Unintentional or not, this rewrite of history fits in with Trump’s past claims that he won the election in a “landslide” despite losing the popular vote by more than 3 million votes. Of course, Trump claimed that the only reason he lost the popular vote was because millions of people voted illegally — despite the fact that there is no evidence of that.
‘In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally’
@CNN is so embarrassed by their total (100%) support of Hillary Clinton, and yet her loss in a landslide, that they don’t know what to do.’
.@CNN is so embarrassed by their total (100%) support of Hillary Clinton, and yet her loss in a landslide, that they don't know what to do.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
Despite what Trump says, he did not win in a record-breaking landslide and he did not win the popular vote. The only reason he won is due to an archaic system from the late 18th century that hasn’t been updated to reflect the fact that we are no longer living in an agrarian society.
For the sake of our country and the world, let’s hope that Trump gets a better a handle on indisputable facts before he screws up a lot more than a biography page.
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