Now that the final tally is in and Trump lost the popular vote by almost 3 million, there is a new talking point coalescing among the right to bolster Trump's fragile ego: If you don't count certain liberal states, Trump won the popular vote.
Dear god in heaven, I am not making this up:
Final tally shows Trump lost popular vote by 2.8 million – but he BEAT Clinton by 3 million votes outside of California and New York
Clinton won California by 4.2 million and took New York by more than 1.6 million. The combined 5.8 million-vote advantage in just those two states was more than twice the size of her overall edge nationwide.
That's from the right-wing Daily Mail and this patently absurd talking point is rapidly becoming gospel among Trump's devoted mob of idiots.
Just to be clear, this would be like a Hillary supporter saying that if we don't count the Confederate states, Hillary won the Electoral College. It's mathematically true but nonsensical on every other level. We don't get to pick and choose which states "count" in an election.
The need for this ludicrous talking point is obvious: Trump is entering office with historically low approval ratings, the largest loss of the popular vote for a "winning" candidate in American history and his Electoral College margin is among the lowest (coming in at 46th of 58 elections) since the nation was founded. Whatever the exact opposite of a mandate is, Trump has it.
The only way Trump can justify his claim to power is to lie through his teeth about his "landslide" win and if that means using some creative math to bolster his legitimacy, so be it. We're in a "post-truth" world for now so there's a chance it will work. It's clearly already permeating the right wing but hasn't broken through to the "liberal" press (yet).
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