President-elect Donald Trump bragged about his Electoral College victory on Monday as a “historic electoral landslide” and “far greater than every anticipated.”
“I thank the American people for their overwhelming vote to elect me as their next President of the United States,” Trump said in a prepared statement. “The official votes cast by the Electoral College exceeded the 270 required to secure the presidency by a large margin, far greater than ever anticipated by the media.”
Even as Trump bragged about the historic margin, he trails Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by more than 2.8 million votes in the popular vote, a margin that has steadily been growing since Election Day and which is expected to grow even larger by the time all of the votes are counted.
Additionally, there have been 45 presidential elections with greater Electoral College vote share than Trump’s. Furthermore, in the last 100 years, there have been only 3 races decided by a smaller Electoral margin: Jimmy Carter in 1976, and George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004.
“This election represents a movement that millions of hardworking men and women all across the country stood behind and made,” Trump added. “With this historic step we can look forward to the bright future ahead. I will work hard to unite our country and be the President of all Americans. Together, we will make America great again.”
The President-elect also tweeted about his victory on Monday night, again taking a shot at the media.
We did it! Thank you to all of my great supporters, we just officially won the election (despite all of the distorted and inaccurate media).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2016
Trump racked up 304 Electoral College votes, 2 shy of what he had earned on Election Day as two Texas electors voted for Ohio Governor John Kasich and Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul.
Congress will certify the vote on January 6.