President Donald Trump's first solo news conference was marked by a great deal of confusion, not just because the president lied when discussing his win — but because he fumbled when asked whether the country should trust him.
When discussing the 2016 presidential election, Trump told reporters his was “the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan,” adding he had won with 306 votes because “people came out and voted like they’ve never seen before.”
Despite his wild guess, he couldn't be further from the truth.
Trump obtained 304 electoral college votes, not 306. And that's because two “faithless” electors had a change of heart in the last minute, casting ballots for former Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich.
But that's not the only number Trump got wrong.
In 2008, President Barack Obama got 365 electoral votes. In 2012, he got a less impressive showing with 332 ballots cast to the Democrat. Republican George H.W. Bush beat Obama's numbers in 1988 with 426, while President Bill Clinton's 1992 win was secured with 370 votes. In 1996, he got 379.
Following the mistake during the press conference, Trump was presented with the corrected numbers. Asked why Americans should trust him after his inaccurate statement, Trump stumbled, declining to offer a clean answer.
Instead, he simply claimed that he repeated the data that “was given” to him.
I don't know, I was given that information. I actually, I've seen that information around. But it was a very substantial victory, do you agree with that?