It was reported last night that in a meeting with Congressional leaders, President Donald Trump spent the first ten minutes rehashing the campaign. In doing so, he brought up a past claim he made in November, when he stated that millions of illegal votes were cast and this was the reason he did not win the popular vote.
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
In response to this report, the New York Times didn’t hold back with its headline — ‘Trump Repeats Lie About Popular Vote in Meeting With Lawmakers’.
Generally, you don’t see a major publication use the L-word in a headline or even in the copy, generally going with ‘unsubstantiated claims’ or even ‘falsehoods’ when pointing out and inaccurate statement. However, in this instance, the NYT just went all out by using ‘lies’ in the title.
The claim, which he has made before on Twitter, has been judged untrue by numerous fact-checkers. The new president’s willingness to bring it up at a White House reception in the State Dining Room is an indication that he continues to dwell on the implications of his popular vote loss even after assuming power.
Mr. Trump appears to remain concerned that the public will view his victory — and his entire presidency — as illegitimate if he does not repeatedly challenge the idea that Americans were deeply divided about sending him to the White House to succeed President Barack Obama.
Democratic nominee won the national popular vote by nearly three million votes but Trump won election by capturing 304 Electoral College votes.
This continues a war between the Times and Trump regarding statements Trump has made. In its Sunday edition, the NYT had a front-page headline that read ‘With False Claims, Trump Attacks Media on Turnout and Intelligence Rift,’ related to both his visit to the CIA and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s press statement about the inauguration crowd size.
The brand-new Trump Administration has come under fire over its truthfulness with the press and public over the past few days due to its insistence that the inauguration was the most-watched in history while hitting back at reports that it was sparsely attended. Spicer reiterated these claims during the first official White House press briefing yesterday.
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