Trump Makes Up Major Lie About Reagan That Has Republicans Plugging Their Ears

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Surely, Donald Trump is not smart enough to systematically take down one pillar of the United States’ government after another. After all, one of the people closest to him, his former Secretary of State and former Exxon CEO, Rex Tillerson, famously called him a “moron,” and his current Chief of Staff, John Kelly, called him a very specific kind of ‘idiot.” Maybe, his own words will give people a clue.

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POTUS has already been on the campaign trail. In Wisconsin, he compared himself to President Ronald Reagan.

He bragged that he “won Wisconsin,” but President Reagan lost the state. Wrong.

The man sitting in the Oval Office was at the groundbreaking ceremony of Foxconn’s new factory in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.

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Trump said the state “hadn’t been won by a Republican since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952.” Then, he crowed that he won it in 2016.

“And I won Wisconsin. And I like Wisconsin a lot but we won Wisconsin. And Ronald Reagan, remember, Wisconsin was the state that Ronald Reagan did not win.’

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What the would be leader of the free world failed to understand was that Reagan won Wisconsin — twice. He won the state in both 1980 and 1984. Actually, the only state that Reagan lost in 1984 was Minnesota. It was a humiliating defeat for Democratic candidate Walter Mondale.

Wisconsin traditionally votes for a Democratic president, but Trump won the state narrowly during the 2016 presidential campaign. Hillary Clinton apparently felt so certain of her win that she did not go to the state. Many blame that for her Wisconsin loss.

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Journalist for Think Progress, Aaron Rupar, tweeted a video:

‘A real quote from Trump: “We’re passing so much legislation. Look what is happening with our Supreme Court.” (I’m not sure he realizes that nominating a SCOTUS justice does not constitute “legislation”)’

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He followed up with another video tweet, capturing Trump getting his facts completely wrong.

‘Trump, while bragging about himself, gets the facts wrong and claims that the only state Reagan didn’t win in 1984 was Wisconsin. That’s false — Reagan lost Minnesota.’

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