White House press secretary Sarah Sanders delivered an impassioned response on Monday to the question of President Donald Trump’s culpability in generating what has become a violent political atmosphere in the United States, and in the process, Sanders falsely claimed that Trump was elected "by the overwhelming majority" of Americans in 2016.
In reality, Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes.
> Giving her first briefing in weeks, Sanders claimed that the president bore no responsibility for a wave of violence over the past week across the United States. A climate of divisiveness has been blamed for bombs mailed to more than a dozen of Trump’s political opponents and critics and a mass shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue.
Instead, Sanders placed blame at the feet of American new media, claiming its coverage of the president is unduly negative:
> “You guys have a huge responsibility to play in the divisive nature of this country, when 90 percent of the coverage of everything this president does is negative despite the fact that the country is going extremely well, despite the fact that this president is delivering on exactly what he said he was going to do if elected. And he was elected by the overwhelming majority of 63 million Americans who came out and supported him and wanted to see his policies enacted,” Sanders said, incorrectly.
> “He’s delivered on that,” she continued. “He's delivered on the promises he's made and if anything I think it’s sad and divisive the way that every single thing that comes out of the media, 90 percent of what comes out of the media’s mouth is negative about this president.”