President Donald Trump said during a press conference on Feb. 16 that he had the biggest electoral win since former President Ronald Reagan (video below).
NBC News reporter Peter Alexander told Trump that former President Barack Obama and former President George H. W. Bush both had bigger electoral wins, notes USA Today.
"I was given that information, I don't know," Trump replied. "We had a very, very big margin."
Trump won 304 electoral votes to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's 227 votes; Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million.
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Alexander then asked Trump: "Why should Americans trust you when you accused the information they've received of being fake when you're providing information that's not accurate?"
"Well, I don't know," Trump responded. "I was given that information. Actually, I've seen that information around. But it was a very substantial victory, do you agree with that?"
Fox News host Shep Smith was outraged by Trump's press conference:
It’s sort of our job to let you know when things are said that aren’t true, especially by people that you've elected, and this president keeps telling untrue things and he does it every single time he’s in front of the microphone. It's demonstrable, I can re-rack the tape for you.
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There were a lot of them today. Some of them aren’t really big, but they’re coming from the president of the United States. Today, he said I had the biggest electoral win since Ronald Reagan. He didn't. He said this repeatedly, over and over again. And every time he says it, it's not true, again.
Smith noted that Trump gets angry when the press points out that he said "another untrue thing."
Smith said it was up to the media to point out when the president keeps saying things that are "demonstrably, unquestionably, opinion aside, 100 percent false."
Smith asked a guest about Trump's statements, and then said:
It’s crazy what we’re watching every day. It’s absolutely crazy. He keeps repeating ridiculous throwaway lines that are not true at all and sort of avoiding this issue of Russia as if we’re some kind of fools for asking the question.
Really? Your opposition was hacked, and the Russians were responsible for it, your people were on the phone with Russia the same day it was hacked, and we’re fools for asking the questions? No sir, we are not fools for asking the questions. And we demand to know the answer to this question. You owe this to the American people.
Smith also went after Trump for calling the news media "fake news": "And you call us fake news and put us down like children for asking these questions on behalf the American people. It is inconsequential. The people deserve this answer, at the very least."
In response to all the chaos, Charlie Mahtesian of POLITICO tweeted: "Yes, Trump's approval ratings are awful. But GOP support is the number to watch. Right now, he's ahead of Reagan & Bush at similar point."