Donald Trump continues to push lies about crowd size and election results.
So it is worth reminding him as he monitors social media for stories about himself to remind the world of his two major failures.
In the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump received nearly 3 million fewer votes than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Trump lost the popular vote, unlike the last three elections in which the winners won the popular vote and a majority of the votes cast. In 2008 and 2012, Barack Obama won the popular vote against John McCain and Mitt Romney. He also received a majority of votes.
Former President George W. Bush won a majority of votes in the 2004 presidential election, and also won the popular vote.
But Bush was a loser in a way similar to how Trump is a loser. In the 2000 presidential election, Bush lost the popular vote. But his margin of loss was far narrower than Trump’s. While Trump lost millions of votes to Hillary Clinton, Bush only lost a few thousand to former Vice President Al Gore.
There were not any significant illegal votes in the 2016 election either. Trump continues to promote a conspiracy theory that has been soundly debunked by independent fact checkers, and even leaders within his own party have rejected the claims.
When it comes to presidential inauguration ceremonies, Trump is a big loser when compared to his predecessor. Trump’s inauguration was unable to fill the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and did not cram people in almost to the Washington Monument. By contrast, President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration is widely considered one of the most well-attended events in the history of the city, on par with The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom led by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Data backs up the conclusion that Trump’s inauguration suffered from poor attendance. Data released by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, who runs the Metro subway service, shows that nearly five times as many people came to Washington for the Women’s March on Washington as those who traveled to see Trump’s inauguration.
Trump’s television audience for his inauguration was well below President Barack Obama. The Nielsen television ratings company estimates that 30 million people watched Trump’s inauguration. That compares to 38 million for Obama’s inauguration in 2009 and 42 million for President Ronald Reagan’s in 1981.
Trump’s inauguration events were a failure, measured by the raw data associated with the two events. Fewer people attended his inauguration, while fewer people watched it on television. No amount of spin and lying to reporters will change the cold hard facts of these findings.
The Trump failure extends to the results of the presidential election. He simply received less votes than Hillary Clinton, despite his chants arguing to “lock her up” and alleging that she “created” ISIS and would be “crooked” if she ever attained the White House.
Despite those smears and attacks, nearly 3 million more Americans cast their ballots with her, and against Trump in 2012.
When Trump claims that those numbers are made up, he is making a false statement. No amount of whining and yelling to or at reporters will change this immutable fact.
Trump secured the White House only through winning the electoral college, gaming it so that he could win but without a popular mandate. Nearly three million more people, given all of the smears and attacks generated by his campaign, voted against Trump.
He didn’t win the popular vote, and it wasn’t close at all.