Donald Trump has officially become the next president of the United States. On Monday, December 19, the Electoral College voted to hand over the presidency to him despite whispers of a potential elector revolt. And Trump immediately took the opportunity to lie.
Upon hearing it was official, Trump released a statement to the press praising himself and his “historic” win. The first sentence was a lie. The second sentence was a lie. The third sentence a half-true.
Today marks a historic electoral landslide victory in our nation’s democracy. I thank the American people for their overwhelming vote to elect me as their next President of the United States.
Two sentences. Two lies. This is the country we live in now. Facts don’t matter. And this is now an official, historical document. This jumbled mess of garbage will be stored and preserved for future generations. The future will know our shame.
As has been pointed out numerous times since the election, Trump’s vote tally was anything but a “historic electoral landslide.” He ranks near the bottom. In fact Trump doesn’t even have to go back very far, Obama’s win margins were better in the last two elections. His second statement is also an egregious lie. The American people didn’t “overwhelmingly” vote for him. He lost the popular vote by over 2.8 million. Again, this places him near the very bottom in history.
Trump is motivated to lie about his election because he knows that losing the popular vote by a huge margin and also barely squeaking out a win in the Electoral College sets him up to have roughly zero legitimacy when it comes time to make policy. He can’t claim a “mandate.” He can’t argue Americans want him to enact his disastrous ideas. Most voters actually told him to take his ideas and screw off.
Hilariously, Trump also concluded his statement with another lie – in the form of an empty promise.
“I will work hard to unite our country and be the President of all Americans.”
Here’s Trump just one day earlier working hard to divide the country further.
If my many supporters acted and threatened people like those who lost the election are doing, they would be scorned & called terrible names!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2016
With this statement one thing is abundantly clear: Despite what many pundits promised, there will be no “presidential pivot.” Trump is going to “mature” in the Oval Office. And in fact, many of his worst characteristics are only going to get worse as the full power of the United States government falls into his lap. Lying in his victory statement proves it.
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