Trump: If Election Were Held Today, ‘I Would Win By a Lot More’ Than I Did in November
“If the election were held today, I would win by a lot more than I did on November 8th.” Trump tells @lesterholtnbc pic.twitter.com/220Z5Fjx4G
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 12, 2017
It is no secret that President Donald Trump likes to talk about his election win last November. Whether speaking to leaders of other countries, media outlets, members of Congress or those gathered at press conferences, he finds a way to highlight how amazing his victory was. However, in a one-on-one interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt, he went a bit further.
POTUS let it be known that his victory would be even greater if the election were held now.
With Holt asking him if he feels his legitimacy as president is under attack and if he feels like he’s fighting for it, Trump noted that this is a very divided country, but the Republicans are “very, very much behind” him and love what he’s doing with health care. (Recent poll numbers would suggest GOP voters aren’t all that sold on Republicans’ health care plan.)
After defending the American Health Care Act and saying “Obamacare is dead,” the president went on to cite poll numbers that “were so good” to claim that he’d win bigly if the election were held today.
“If the election were held today,” he told Holt. “I would win by a lot more than I did on November 8th.”
It would appear that Trump is pointing to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released last month that indicated that in a head-to-head matchup, he would beat last year’s Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, 43% to 40%. (Clinton won the national popular vote by about two percent while losing the Electoral College.) However, that same poll had his approval rating at 42%, the lowest 100-day mark in the poll’s history.
Meanwhile, a recent poll by Quinnipiac shows his approval rating sitting at 36%.
Watch the clip above, via NBC News.
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