During his news conference in Brussels before leaving the NATO summit on Thursday, President Donald Trump boasted once again that he was able to accomplish something in the 2016 election that even Ronald Reagan had not: win Wisconsin.
“One of the states we won — Wisconsin — I didn’t realize this until fairly recently, that was the one state that Ronald Reagan didn’t win when he ran the board his second time,” Trump said, referring to Reagan’s landslide win in 1984. “He didn’t win Wisconsin, and we won Wisconsin.”
One problem: Reagan did win Wisconsin. He actually won it twice, both in 1980 and 1984. Thursday’s comment was at least the third time Trump has falsely made the same claim. During a rally in Montana last week, Trump also asserted that Reagan had not carried the Badger State.
The one state that Reagan didn’t win in his 1984 race against Democrat Walter Mondale was Minnesota, Mondale’s home state. Mondale also prevailed in the District of Columbia.