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President Donald Trump went on a tirade against what he called “hatred” from the media when a journalist bluntly asked why Americans should trust him.
After Trump called on him to ask a question, NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander pointed out that Trump made an inaccurate statement in boasting that his electoral college margin was larger than any president since Ronald Reagan, before proceeding to name several presidents who had larger victory margins than Trump since Reagan. Most notably, Trump said he won 306 electoral college votes, when in fact he only won 304.
“Why should Americans trust you when you accuse the information they receive as being fake when you’re providing information that’s fake?” Alexander asked.
“I don’t know. I was given that information,” Trump said.
Trump was completely unable to hide his disdain for the White House press corps during the impromptu press conference, in which he called the New York Times “failing,” the Wall Street Journal “disgraceful,” and CNN “fake.” He insisted that the story about his campaign having contact with Russian officials during the election was a “ruse,” and that the real story that was being unreported was the stream of leaks coming out of the White House. President Trump lamented that the tone of media coverage about his administration was “so much hatred.”
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The electoral college whopper was just the latest in a stream of constant lies that President Trump is known for telling. Trump’s Politifact scorecard shows that an astounding 69 percent of all statements rated by the fact-checking site were rated either “mostly false,” “false,” or “pants on fire.” Only 4 percent of his statements were rated “true.”
Watch ABC’s video of the exchange below:
Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Facebook.
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