After outright lying about winning the popular vote by a “landslide” in the presidential election, Donald Trump used a teenager’s mean tweet to double down on his fictitious claims when a reporter dubbed the allegations of mass voter fraud as “blatant and baseless.”
CNN senior Washington correspondent Jeff Zeleny not only dismissed the president-elect’s bizarre Twitter rant about winning “the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” he also referred to Trump as a “sore winner” during a report on “Anderson Cooper 360.”
Zeleny also highlighted how the billionaire business mogul has yet to provide any “hard evidence” to back up his unsubstantiated “claims of fraud.”
Trump, obviously, did not take too kindly to Zeleny and continued to question the legitimacy of the election that landed him in the White House by unleashing a series of tweets targeting the reporter.
.@CNN is so embarrassed by their total (100%) support of Hillary Clinton, and yet her loss in a landslide, that they don't know what to do.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016
To drive his point across (or just to feel validated), the former reality TV star began retweeting and quoting tweets from his online supporters.
Trump also retweeted a 16-year-old California native, Seth, to shame Zeleny.
While the whole rant was nonsensical to begin with, considering no one from Trump’s transition team has been able to provide any proof of extensive fraud where millions voted illegally, the social media users were quick to react to this particular retweet.
The future POTUS this evening retweeted a 16 year old boy who complained about a reporter on CNN.— Bon Scott (@asimpleusername) November 29, 2016
Folks......Trump is a madman.
Meanwhile, Zeleny responded to Trump with a single tweet:
@realDonaldTrump Good evening! Have been looking for examples of voter fraud. Please send our way. Full-time journalist here still working.— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) November 29, 2016
The media mogul spent much of his time before the election trying to invoke a global conspiracy, trying to convince his followers that everything — including the polls, the media and even the electoral system — was “rigged” against him. He also repeatedly lambasted his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, for trying to steal the elections from him, despite the lack of any evidence whatsoever.
“We have heard claims like this in the past, relative to our elections, but we have been provided no evidence that suggests that there is voter fraud on a widespread scale in New Hampshire,” David Scanlan, New Hampshire’s deputy secretary of state, told Politico.
Political analysts have dubbed extensive rigging and voter fraud of such magnitude as a myth.
“Voter fraud is very rare, voter impersonation is nearly non-existent, and much of the problems associated with alleged fraud in elections relates to unintentional mistakes by voters or election administrators,” wrote the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law in a comprehensive study.