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Trump’s first major-post election speech contained two outright lies about America

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  • Aamna Mohdin
By Aamna Mohdin

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President-elect Donald Trump kicked off his post-victory tour in Cincinnati, Ohio, by bashing the “extremely dishonest press.” He then went on to tell a couple of outright lies.

First, he insisted that he “won big” in the Nov. 8 election, and by a “landslide.” In this he seemed to repeat the unfounded claim he made on Nov. 27, that he would have won the popular vote if not for “the millions of people who voted illegally.”

Trump in fact lost the popular vote by over 2 million and the percentage he won the electoral vote with, 56.9%, wasn’t exactly a landslide—Trump’s margin of victory was ranked 46th out of 58 US presidential elections

Then Trump asserted that “the murder rate has experienced its largest increase in 45 years in our country,” a false claim he has repeated throughout the election campaign. While some major cities have seen an increase in homicides, the rate of violent crime and homicides has fallen by 50% since its peak in 1991.

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