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AP FACT CHECK: Sanders wrong on Trump winning majority in 2016

October 30, 2018 GMT

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrongly claimed Monday that a majority of voters cast their ballot in favor of President Donald Trump when he won the 2016 election.  

Sanders made the claim during a press briefing when asked by a reporter if the president was “incapable” of “toning down his rhetoric.” Sanders responded by taking issue with negative headlines about the president and pointing out the number of people who voted for him on Election Day nearly two years ago. 

A look at Sanders’ claim: 

SANDERS: “He got elected by an overwhelming majority of 63 million Americans who came out and supported him and wanted to see his policies enacted.” 


THE FACTS: Sanders gets the numbers right, but Trump did not win the presidency by a majority. 

More than 62.98 million Americans voted for Trump in the 2016 election. 

However, Hillary Clinton won a majority of votes as more than 65.85 million Americans cast a ballot for her. 

The Associated Press collects vote totals on Election Day from county election centers across the country. 


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