During his bizarre, aggressive, rambling press conference yesterday Trump gave us another glimpse into his incredibly low standard of determining what is true. He did his usual bragging about his huge victory that wasn’t and offered up this excuse:
Russia dominated the questions, but Trump also found a way to brag about his victory over Hillary Clinton, 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. But it was a very substantial victory. Do you agree with that?”
He was given that information by…someone. He saw it around…somewhere. And he didn’t bother fact-checking it because it supports what he wants to be true. And in Trumplevania, anything he wants to be true magically is true. But in this case, it’s the exact opposite of the truth. The only president since Reagan to win by a smaller margin was George W. Bush. In fact, Trump’s win was the 10th smallest margin of victory in all of American history. But he will never stop telling this lie because it suits his purposes and makes him feel better about himself. He’ll happily settle for fake glory if he can’t have real glory.