Donald Trump’s “Landslide” Victory in Historical Context

President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly described his electoral college victory as a “landslide“, perhaps most controversially in a Nov. 27 tweet in which he asserted that he also won the popular vote “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally”.  As is often the case, the evidence contradicts Mr. Trump’s view of reality and his apparent ignorance of or disinterest in historical fact.  His victory in the electoral college was hardly a landslide, ranking 46th out of 58 elections.  And since there has thus far been no indication whatsoever of widespread problems with “illegal” voting, Mr. Trump will have to make peace with the fact that his loss of the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes places him near the very bottom of the list in terms of the popular vote margins of each winning President.

Donald Trump, electoral college, popular vote, Presidential election, infographic

 

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