During his press conference, President Trump claimed he won by “306 electoral votes.” Trump repeatedly said he got 306 Electoral College votes, but he only got 304.
The presser was supposed to be an announcement for his Labor Department nominee, Alex Acosta, Trump also said he had “the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan.”
It was the biggest since President Barack Obama.
For Trump’s claim to be true, we would have to leave out President Barack Obama, President Clinton, and President George H. W. Bush.
In fact, Bush Senior won with 426 electoral votes in 1988. Obama won in 2008 with 365 and in 2012 with 332. All of these are bigger than 304.
When Trump got fact-checked on his inaccurate Electoral College claim during the questions, he took refuge in saying he was given that information.
So apparently if information is “given” to Trump and he likes it, he doesn’t care if it’s real.
Trump claimed inaccurately that he “inherited a mess”, which would have been true if he were in fact President Obama, but he is not. Trump inherited Obama’s historic job growth and a much healthier economy that Obama inherited just months after the Bush crash.
Trump pivoted to bragging about his approval rating from Rasmussen poll and whining about the media, as Russian smoke continues to destroy his political capital.
The President comforted himself with the idea that his “crowds are massive” for his rally in Melbourne, Florida. The problem is that rally hasn’t taken place yet, it is happening in two days.
This press conference was troubling to anyone with an expectation of a president who is operating above a third grade emotional level.
Trump is clinging to fluffy stuffed animals for comfort, like inflated ideas about his Electoral College win to soothe his historic popular vote loss. It isn’t good for the nation to have a President whose ego is so needy that he can’t or won’t deal with reality.
Donald Trump is not Obama, Clinton, or Bush Senior. He wasn’t any of these people during his win, and he certainly isn’t getting numbers like they had in their honeymoon phase in terms of job approval numbers. Trump’s disapproval is actually three times higher any of those men at the same time in their presidencies, according to a new Pew Research study.
Wrong, wrong, and wrong.