Donald Trump told an outright lie about Russia's election meddling

Evan Bartlett@ev_bartlett
Saturday 10 December 2016 11:00
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The Russian state acted covertly to influence the presidential election in Donald Trump's favour, US intelligence agencies have claimed.

A report by the CIA concluded that Russia had meddled in the election and alleged that Russian actors provided WikiLeaks with thousands of emails that hurt Clinton's chances of victory, according to the Washington Post.

In response to the report, the Trump transition team said:

These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history.

It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again'.

While the brevity and dismissive nature of the statement was met with bemusement by many...

Others pointed that it wasn't an outright denial that the report could be true:

But, perhaps more importantly, there was an outright lie in the statement:

While Trump's team said it was "one of the biggest electoral college victories in history" it really wasn't.

As Nate Silver, the election forecaster and statistician, pointed out when the claim was originally made by Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, taking 306 of the 538 electoral college votes is well under average.

But hey, this is the post-truth world we live in now.

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