NO Trump…..you absolutely did NOT win in a “historic landslide.”
Donald Trump and his transition team keep insisting that Trump has a major mandate because he won in a historic “landslide.”
306. Landslide. Blowout. Historic. https://t.co/ObYZDo8cBq
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) November 28, 2016
And according to Trump,
“The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again’.”
One problem. They are telling a big fat LIE.
Here’s the truth about Trump’s win.
The only thing historic about Trump’s win is that he lost the popular vote by more than any President-elect in the history of this country. Hillary literally beat him with about 3 million votes. So if you want to be technical, he is actually the biggest loser President-elect we’ve ever had.
Now let’s take a look at the electoral count.
- In terms of his Electoral College margin, which will probably end up at 306 to 232, Trump will rank #46 among the 58 presidential elections that have been held, or just above the bottom 20%.
Even if you look at the popular vote loss margin in percentages, Trump rates at the very bottom.
- In terms of his popular vote margin, Trump will probably end up with the third-worst popular vote result ever, or if you prefer 56th ranked of the 58 winning candidates in history. (Obviously the 58 elections have produced 45 presidents, some of them winning two terms and FDR winning four.) This ranking is based on Trump’s losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by a little more than 2 percent, or a little less than 3 million votes. John Quincy Adams lost the popular vote by 10 percent in 1824 to Andrew Jackson, and also came in second in the electoral vote—but became president when the race went to the House, since none of the four candidates had an Electoral College majority. He is #58 out of 58, in terms of popular-vote mandate for winners. Rutherford B. Hayes, who won the electoral college while losing the popular vote by 3 percent to Samuel Tilden in 1876, is #57. Donald Trump, losing by 2 percent, is #56. Every president except J.Q. Adams and Hayes came to office with a stronger popular-vote mandate than Trump.
Trump only beat John Quincy Adams in 1824 and Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876.
That means that, of every president we’ve ever had, only Adams and Hayes had less of a mandate than Trump has.
So NO Trump, you most certainly….and factually…..did NOT win in a landslide.
And NO, you absolutely do NOT have a mandate.