I often describe the claims of Trump and his spokespeople, particularly Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway, as Orwellian, in the sense that they expect people to believe what is clearly and provably false. Perfect example. Sanders told reporters at her first press briefing in weeks that Trump won the popular vote by an “overwhelming majority.”
In her impassioned defense of the president, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders falsely claimed Monday that Donald Trump won the “overwhelming majority of votes in the 2016 election. In reality, Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by almost three million votes…“You guys have a huge responsibility to play in the divisive nature of this country, when 90 percent of the coverage of everything this president does is negative despite the fact that the country is going extremely well, despite the fact that this president is delivering on exactly what he said he was going to do if elected. And he was elected by the overwhelming majority of 63 million Americans who came out and supported him and wanted to see his policies enacted,” Sanders said, incorrectly.
Well yes, he did get 63 million votes. But his opponent, Hillary Clinton, got 66 million votes. Trump lost by three million. Under no possible definition is that an “overwhelming majority” of Americans, even of those who voted. Up is down. Black is white. But instead of Eastasia that they’ve always been at war against, it’s reality. It’s the very idea of objective truth, even basic elementary school math.