President Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump, the wife of his son, Eric Trump, is getting fact-checked on Twitter after sharing a map of the 2016 Electoral College results to support a claim that Trump couldn't possibly be impeached because of how popular he is with U.S. voters.
The map, showing a sea of red, has the message "try to impeach this" emblazoned over it.
Lara Trump shared the image on Saturday afternoon, which quickly went viral:
https://t.co/pYSILiGnrK— Lara Trump (@Lara Trump)1569699407.0
The map is quite misleading, however, considering that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in 2016 by nearly 3 million votes over Trump.
Also, a lot of the "red" in the middle of the country is very sparsely populated, while the blue coastal areas and major cities hold the majority of the population.
@LaraLeaTrump https://t.co/xzbdsamna3— Trinity (@Trinity)1569727191.0
@LaraLeaTrump Better map. People not land. Source: Princeton Political Science Study. https://t.co/9NQeB2vtbq— YS (@YS)1569724056.0
@LaraLeaTrump Trump lost the popular vote— Rob (@Rob)1569715146.0
@LaraLeaTrump Well you cannot impeach land. Secondly, more people in that land voted for the other person. Thir… https://t.co/EUbsjBJeex— Danny Deraney (@Danny Deraney)1569721639.0
@LaraLeaTrump Acres of land isn’t a good defense. This is like Bernie Madoff taking a picture of his money and saying “convict me”.— Matthew Dowd (@Matthew Dowd)1569718507.0
@LaraLeaTrump Tumbleweed, buffalo, and empty spaces don't vote. The majority of Americas voted against Trump, sti… https://t.co/cL61DYPlkz— Michelangelo Signorile (@Michelangelo Signorile)1569757984.0
Not to mention that President Richard Nixon had a similar electoral map in 1972, received over 60% of the popular vote, and still resigned before the House impeachment proceedings were over.
@LaraLeaTrump This was Nixon's map from 1972. Ask someone to tell you what happened with him. https://t.co/jlXoY1WzLL— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse)1569720539.0
@LaraLeaTrump This is Nixon’s map from 1972. We did. https://t.co/oxaw2PVeVW— Danny Deraney (@Danny Deraney)1569723193.0
@LaraLeaTrump Here’s the 1972 map when Nixon won the popular vote by 23% instead of losing by 2% like your father-i… https://t.co/THUsMv26en— Eric Columbus (@Eric Columbus)1569719310.0
It was a valiant effort, Lara.
But when you post something that intentionally misleading, you're going to get called out.
@LaraLeaTrump https://t.co/2J0Mgt75Rm— Lucretiel 🦀 (@Lucretiel 🦀)1569712188.0
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