I’ve had more than a few debates/discussions with supporters of Donald Trump since he launched his campaign nearly two years ago. As painstaking as these encounters may be, I’m a firm believer in, at least on occasion, engaging your opposition. Even if you never change anyone’s mind, knowing what “the other side” thinks and believes is helpful when it comes to combating their misinformation and ignorance.
And when it comes to Trump supporters, there’s a plethora of misinformation and ignorance to combat.
For instance, their belief that he’s some sort of alpha male/tough guy type. Most of them believe he’s a strong, powerful leader with unshakable confidence. That he’s the cliche “man’s man” who’s going to tell you how it is. That’s rather hilarious because he’s possibly the most thin-skinned, insecure little snowflake I’ve ever seen. His insecurity, self-boasting, and need to constantly have people telling him everything he does is the best it’s ever been done is unlike anything we’ve witnessed in modern times.
Look at how he reacted to the size of his inauguration crowd. Even though there’s indisputable photographic evidence that the attendance at his inauguration was much smaller than Barack Obama’s in 2009, he continued to insist that between 1-1.5 million people showed up — which wasn’t remotely true. Though at the time I laughed at how arbitrarily his administration floated that range around as if the difference of 500,000 people wasn’t significant.
Then there’s the unfounded conspiracy he pushed about the popular vote during the general election. His ego is so fragile that even after “winning” the presidency based on the electoral college, becoming the most powerful person on the planet, he still couldn’t handled the fact that Hillary Clinton received 3 million more votes than he did. So, of course, as Trump often does when reality doesn’t back up what he wants to be real, he claimed that she only won the popular vote because “3-5 million people voted illegally.” A conspiracy that, to this day, he’s yet to provide a single shred of evidence to support.
In a recent display of how pathetic he is, right in the middle of talking to three reporters about China, he stopped to hand them print outs of the electoral college map from the 2016 election, before boasting about his win.
Even as sad as all that is, it doesn’t come close to the weakness and insecurity shown in his latest move. You see, now Trump’s putting a framed picture of the 2016 electoral college map on display at the White House.
No, that’s not a joke.
If I didn’t loathe him as much as I do, I might actually feel sorry for him. It’s obvious he’s a sad, fragile little man who spends most of his life craving reassurance that he’s something special — even if he has to lie to himself while doing it.
It’s bad enough he feels the need to still talk about the results of the election. Especially an election where he received 3 million fewer votes than his closest opponent and 54 percent of Americans actually voted against him. Yes, he “won,” but only because of an outdated system that favors geography more than actual votes. But what makes it even more pathetic is that he seems to think his electoral college victory was something special.
Here’s a quick rundown of the electoral college margin of victory of every president since Harry S. Truman in 1948:
- 1948 Truman: 104
- 1952 Eisenhower: 353
- 1956 Eisenhower: 384
- 1960 Kennedy: 84
- 1964 Johnson: 434
- 1968 Nixon: 110
- 1972 Nixon: 503
- 1976 Carter: 57
- 1980 Reagan: 440
- 1984 Reagan: 512
- 1988 Bush: 315
- 1992 Clinton: 202
- 1996 Clinton: 220
- 2000 Bush: 5 (Lost the popular vote)
- 2004 Bush: 35
- 2008 Obama: 192
- 2012: Obama: 126
- 2016 Trump: 77 (Lost the popular vote)
Out of those 18 elections, over the last 69 years, Trump’s electoral college margin of victory ranks him 15th. The only presidents he ranks ahead of are:
- Jimmy Carter: Someone who only served one term and many feel wasn’t exactly one of our better presidents.
- George W. Bush: The first candidate in over a century to get elected despite losing the popular vote and is considered by many to be one of the worst presidents we’ve ever had.
Not only did he lose the popular vote by 3 million votes, while 54 percent of the country voted against him, but over the last 18 elections, his electoral college victory only ranks 15th among that list.
Garbage like this truly shows how insecure and weak Donald Trump is. Months after his election “victory,” one that’s not even that impressive when sized up against the electoral college victories of the last 69 years, he’s still acting as if it was something special and unprecedented. When the truth is, while it’s true he won the electoral college, On November 8, 2017, Trump became one of the biggest losers ever “elected” to public office.
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