Anyone can flub a number. But, eventually, repeating an error looks like something else.
HE DID IT AGAIN. It's one thing to mangle a fact. It's another thing to mangle it again and again even though the error repeatedly has been documented for nearly two years.
At his news conference last week President Trump again boasted that, "I got 52 percent with women. Everyone said this couldn't happen."
And it didn't happen.
Here's the fact-check, first reported within days after elections in November 2016. Trump did get 52 percent - of white women. Overall, he got 41 percent of the female vote.
Yet ever since the election, on multiple occasions, Trump has continued to say he received support from 52 percent of women, with no qualifiers. He did receive 52 percent support from men, while getting 41 percent from women. On the flip side, Hillary Clinton got 54 percent support from women, but just 41 percent from men. That's part of why Clinton managed to win the popular vote, while Trump captured the all-important Electoral College majority. Obviously, if Trump had won 52 percent from men and 52 percent from women, he would have won the popular vote as well.
Facts matter. Especially when the facts have been checked and reported over and over.