Heading into the 2016 presidential election, the consensus was that #Hillary Clinton would not just become the first female president in United States' history, but that her win would be so dominating that Democrats would end up also regaining control of the Senate. After #Donald Trump ended up pulling off the upset, some in his campaign stretched the truth just a bit too far.
Just days before Election Day, the Real Clear Politics rolling average was showing Hillary Clinton leading by around four points nationally, while also holding solid leads in the majority of swing states. Due to this, Trump's win took everyone by surprise, with the new president-elect even being described as "stunned" by his close campaign advisors. After Michigan was officially called in Trump's favor on Monday, former campaign manager, and current advisor, #Kellyanne Conway took to her offical Twitter account on November 28 to gloat about the results, but was quickly hit with a fact-check less than an hour later.
306. Landslide. Blowout. Historic. https://t.co/ObYZDo8cBq— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) November 28, 2016
"306. Landslide. Blowout. Historic," Kellyanne Conway tweeted, in reference to the current electoral vote count in favor of Donald Trump, sitting at 306-232. In response, veteran pollster Nate Silver decided to respond to Conway's claim, acting as a fact-checker in the process. "Actually way below average for a winner's total," Silver responded. In a follow-up tweet, Silver informed Conway that Trump's win was far from a historic landslide. "Trump won in the 44th biggest landslide out of the past 54 elections," Silver pointed out, sarcastically adding, "Pretty epic."
Actually way below average for a winner's total:— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) November 28, 2016
While the results of the election came as a shock to many, including Donald Trump, his win was in no way shape or form a "landslide." As of press time, a recount has been filed in both Wisconsin and Pennsylvania after reports of possible election hacking taking place. Jill Stein of the Green Party was able to raise over $5 million to help fund the recount efforts, with another expected to be filed in Michigan.
Trump won in the 44th biggest landslide out of the past 54 elections. Pretty epic. https://t.co/TFouy56v2A— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) November 28, 2016
Unless the recounts are able to reverse the election results, which are unlikely, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the next commander in chief on January 20. Until then, the billionaire real estate mogul will continue to work with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his transition team and put together the rest of their cabinet and administration, with the Secretary of State position expected to be announced shortly.