Since the election of Donald Trump, a hoax has circulated via email/blogs that Hillary Clinton won only 57 counties across the entire country. Actually, she won a lot more.
This is the original hoax, which can be found in such prestigious publications as freedomdaily.com, allenbwest.com and infowars.com:
Our Founders in their infinite wisdom created the Electoral College to ensure the STATES were fairly represented. Why should one or two densely populated areas speak for the whole of the nation?
The following list of statistics has been making the rounds on the Internet and it should finally put an end to the argument as to why the Electoral College makes sense.
There are 3,141 counties in the United States.
Trump won 3,084 of them.
Clinton won 57.
There are 62 counties in New York State.
Trump won 46 of them.
Clinton won 16.
In the 5 counties that encompass NYC, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond & Queens) Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump. (Clinton only won 4 of these counties; Trump won Richmond)
You’d think that a hoax would be relegated to fringe blogs. But instead, it was published yesterday in the Fargo Forum, North Dakota’s largest newspaper, which just last month criticized other media outlets for their “slanted stories.”
The paper published this letter by Laverne M. Bengston of Fargo:
This explains the importance of the Electoral College:
There are 3,141 counties in the United States. Trump won 3,084 of them. Clinton won 57.
There are 62 counties in New York State. Trump won 46 of them. Clinton won 16. Clinton won the popular vote by approximately 1.5 million votes.
In the five counties that encompass New York City (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond and Queens), Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump (Clinton won four of these counties, Trump won Richmond). Therefore, in these five counties alone, more than accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country.
These five counties comprise 319 square miles. The United States is comprised of 3,797,000 square miles.
When you have a country that encompasses almost 4 million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the vote of those who encompass a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of a national election.
And this is why our forefathers created the Electoral College. Brilliant.
The letter was shared 524 times on Facebook. It’s false. All the Forum had to do was a little Googling to find that out.
Clinton won more than 57 counties if you look at three states alone: California (she won 33 counties there), New York (16) and New Jersey (12). That’s a grand total of 61, and we haven’t even counted the rest of the country.
Clinton won 487 counties nationwide, according to the Associated Press.
Today, the Forum published another letter, by Gary Johnson of Fargo, who isn’t happy that the paper published a hoax:
“It would be nice to see The Forum reporting on real, factual news, instead of perpetrating the lies spread by so many fake news sites in this era. Please do your part to stop this machine.”
Funnily enough, it was seven years ago yesterday that the Forum fell for a different prank: