On the one-year anniversary of his upset win over Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, President Donald Trump sent a tweet out congratulating the “deplorables” who made it possible.
The tweet features a picture of Trump with members of his staff, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner and communications director Hope Hicks, who played integral roles in his presidential campaign.
Congratulations to all of the ”DEPLORABLES” and the millions of people who gave us a MASSIVE (304-227) Electoral College landslide victory! pic.twitter.com/7ifv5gT7Ur
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2017
Trump highlighted his 304 to 227 Electoral College “landslide victory” over Hillary Clinton.
The then-candidate’s state tally actually bested that of former President Barack Obama, who took 28 states in 2008 and 26 in 2012.
In an interview that aired on Fox Business Network on Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence noted that his boss had “literally turned the blue wall red across the heartland of America.”
States including Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, none of which had voted for a Republican for president since the 1980s, flipped into the win column for Trump in 2016.
“This is a president who on that Election Day won 30 of 50 states, more counties than any candidate since Ronald Reagan,” Pence said.
“I think the great thing one year on is that while there’s been so much change for the good in America, that President Trump hasn’t changed at all,” he added.
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) November 6, 2017
According to a poll published by The Washington Post earlier this week, if Trump were to face Hillary Clinton again, she still would not defeat him.
“If an election were held today, with the same candidates, 40 percent of those 2016 voters say they would back Trump, and 40 percent say they would support Clinton,” The Post reported.
The survey sample set included 46 percent of respondents who said they voted for Clinton and 43 percent who stated they voted for Trump.
In other words, Clinton actually lost ground from a year ago, when Trump shocked most media outlets, including The Post, with his poll-defying win.
Clinton did win the popular vote by 2.8 million votes, but the difference in the popular vote was more than accounted for by Clinton’s margin of victory in California, where Trump did not campaign during the general election. She carried the Golden State by 3.4 million votes.
Clinton infamously proclaimed during a fundraiser in New York City in Sept. 2016, “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?”
“The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it,” she explained. “And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”
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Source: The Werstern Journalism