Donald Trump and his associates would like you to believe that Trump won in a landslide of epic proportions because of his “silent majority.” I’d like to shed a few facts on both this majority and the scale of his victory. America is home to about 318,000,000 people. Not all are American citizens however, and many do not vote, so let’s look at the size of the population that voted.
The Silent Majority
It’s not been debated that Donald Trump lost the popular vote. He managed 62,418,820 votes of 127,073,303 votes. It’s unsurprising that Trump keeps discussing 3 million illegal votes, the margin he lost by; but let’s forget that and the electoral college for a moment and just discuss the scale of his victory and the unprecedented title it seems to have adopted.
Less than 40% of the country voted, and Trump did not receive the majority of those votes, so the real size of Trump’s election support is less than 19% of the country. That’s right, your President Elect is walking into the white house with less than 20% of the country’s support.
Where does that rank in history? There are just two US Presidents who performed worse in the popular vote: Hayes and Adams, both in the 1800s. No candidate in modern history has lost the modern vote by a larger margin than Donald Trump.
How unprecedented is this? Well not at all, but actually more so than the “blowout” Trump keeps claiming in the Electoral College. Let’s consider that.
The Unprecedented Electoral College Blowout
The problem with this story isn’t mathematical. The problem is that it’s an out and out lie. In 58 US Presidential elections, 45 had larger margins of victory than Donald Trump.
Yes, Donald Trump is our President. Yes, I am confident that will not change for at least 4 years, unless someone manages to catch him in the act of the many illegal things he seems to be involved in. That being said, there is zero case for Trump winning in a landslide. Trump lost the popular vote by almost the widest margin in US history. Trump’s Electoral College win ranks #46 in history.
Debate away, but facts are facts, and these are immutable.