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AP FACT CHECK: Trump inflates his share of women’s votes

March 11, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Atlantic Aviation in Moon Township, Pa., Saturday, March 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump falsely claimed Saturday night that a majority of women voted for him in the 2016 election.

His statement at a rally in support of Rick Saccone, Republican candidate in a House special election Tuesday:

TRUMP: “Women! We love you! We love you. Hey, didn’t we surprise them with women during the election? Remember? ‘Women won’t like Donald Trump.’ I said, have I really had that kind of a problem? I don’t think so. But, ‘Women won’t like Donald Trump. It will be a rough night for Donald Trump because the women won’t come out.’ We got 52 percent, right? 52.”

THE FACTS: Exit polls found he got 41 percent of the votes from women in the election, not 52 percent. The figure he cited — 52 percent — applies only to white women. The surveys of voters found that only 4 percent of black women and 25 percent of Hispanic women voted for him.

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