Donald Trump Jr. on Friday attempted to sow doubt about the record number of votes cast for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 election but ended up falling into his own trap by delivering yet another self-own.
In his latest attempt at spreading disinformation about the election that continues to hang in the balance, Trump Jr. asked on Twitter if anyone “really” believed Biden had this year “shattered” the number of votes cast for former President Barack Obama in 2008, when Biden was also on the ticket as the vice-presidential nominee.
Obama in 2008 secured 69.4 million votes to Republican candidate John McCain’s 59.9 million. As of early Saturday, Biden had reportedly won 74.8 million. Trump’s tally stood at 70.7 million, with four states still to be called and hundreds of thousands of ballots still to be counted.
Twitter users schooled the president’s son by pointing out that the population of the United States has grown in the intervening 12 years — and explained exactly how his father had likely motivated more people to go out and vote against him.
Take a look at Trump Jr’s tweet and some of the responses below:
Does anyone really believe that Joe Biden shattered Obama’s historic 2008 numbers?
Does anyone really believe that he did that mostly in big cities?
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 6, 2020
It’s really a testament to how much people dislike you guys
— Dave (@lildickytweets) November 6, 2020
People hate your family *that* much https://t.co/m4E4NEIfJi
— Alex Leo (@AlexMLeo) November 6, 2020
Trump spent 4 years trashing American cities as hellholes of crime and poverty, and then MAGA world wonders why he did so poorly in places like Philly and Detroit https://t.co/S3hsROHg2n
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 6, 2020
Yes, I do. And history will show that turnout was driven largely by the desire to remove your father from the White House.
— David Boardman (@dlboardman) November 6, 2020
Weird how the US population continues to grow https://t.co/hukHLPaFEi
— Jake 🧀 Gallant (@JHGallant) November 6, 2020
Do you believe removing health protections, raising the deficit to its highest level since world war 2, driving unemployment to its highest level since the great depression, and losing 300k more lives than the average year was gonna be popular?
— Jemaine Clement (@AJemaineClement) November 6, 2020
— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) November 6, 2020
That's how much we all hate your dad, champ.
— Kristin Chirico (@lolacoaster) November 6, 2020
A larger than 08 population; a growing unrest at state of affairs; postal voting. https://t.co/zvynjCkIhX
— Stephen McIlkenny (@StephenBMcI) November 6, 2020
Yes. You’re welcome.
— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) November 6, 2020
The Math Department at Trump University was severely underfunded.
— Trumpy Trumpy (parody) (@outofcontroljb) November 6, 2020
Someone is stuck at the denial stage. https://t.co/cjJuYDyfDS
— Warren Leight (@warrenleightTV) November 6, 2020
Yes I believe he did. As an example I didn't vote at all in 16. This year I made sure to vote against your dad. My wife voted for your dad in 16, but saw how horrible of a person he is and voted against him this time. People who had never voted before came out in droves to vote.
— J Dubya 🕶️🇺🇸 (@Naifaz4) November 7, 2020