Donald Trump may have won the Electoral College, but he lost the popular vote — by a rather wide margin, to say the least.
Therefore, ever since Green Party candidate Jill Stein filed for a recount in Wisconsin and Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced it would join the effort in that state (and others), the president-elect has been on a constant attack mode.
He dubbed the recount effort a “scam,” while his senior adviser Kellyanne Conway called Stein and Clinton “a bunch of crybabies and sore losers” — which is ironic, considering Trump is the one who appears to feel threatened by the whole situation.
“The people have spoken and the election is over, and as Hillary Clinton herself said on election night, in addition to her conceding by congratulating me, ‘We must accept this result and then look to the future,’” Trump said in a statement released to the media.
Currently, the former secretary of state is leading the national popular vote by 2.2 million.
Then, in his continued criticism of Clinton camp’s support of election recount, the 70-year-old went on yet another unhinged Twitter rant and claimed — without providing any evidence whatsoever — he won the popular vote “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
It would have been much easier for me to win the so-called popular vote than the Electoral College in that I would only campaign in 3 or 4--— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
states instead of the 15 states that I visited. I would have won even more easily and convincingly (but smaller states are forgotten)!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California - so why isn't the media reporting on this? Serious bias - big problem!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2016
In the months leading up to the election, Trump repeatedly talked about mass voter fraud and rigged electoral system, which is something the Republicans have been doing for a very long time. While analysts and experts assured that such fraud was just a myth, Trump’s loyal fans sadly bought into his narrative. Many even said they would refuse the election result and revolt if Trump did not win the presidency.
Moreover, since the billionaire business mogul did not elaborate what he meant by “people who voted illegally” in his tweets, many assumed he was talking about undocumented immigrants — the people he wants to deport and/or incarcerate in large numbers.
If anything, his tweets cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election that landed him in the White House.
The reaction on Twitter was, as expected, massive.
it might just be that Trump likes being the center of attention and the topic of conversation. just throwing a guess out there.— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) November 27, 2016
Don't get distracted by Trump's tweets. Do get ready for a big federal push to make it harder for people to vote.— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) November 27, 2016
Two reactions to Trump's "I won the pop vote" tweet— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) November 27, 2016
2. What bad thing is about to happen that he's trying to distract us from
So Trump just said 2 million people voted illegally. Shouldn't that trigger an audit of the vote by itself?— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) November 27, 2016
Trump dismisses 3-state recount effort as a scam...— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) November 27, 2016
...then falsely claims millions voted illegally—which a national recount might uncover. pic.twitter.com/8VE0AwcgmX
If Trump is so concerned about the election having been rigged, maybe we should do it over.— Alexander Nazaryan (@alexnazaryan) November 28, 2016
I would take any Republican president in history over Trump. Any one. Right now. No questions asked. Even the dead ones. In their coffins.— andy lassner (@andylassner) November 28, 2016
Trump is tweeting that many "illegals" voted. If that is the case, he should call for a nationwide recount. Let's go.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) November 27, 2016
I honestly think this is the most dangerous thing Trump has said so far. Again, we're all numb by now, but be alarmed.— Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) November 27, 2016
Important to address Trump's ramblings because w/ control of gov't Trump will use voter fraud (fake) to increase voter suppression (real)— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) November 27, 2016
Does Donald trump ever feel embarrassed? I know he feels narcissistic rage, jealousy, etc. but real embarrassment?— Megan Amram (@meganamram) November 28, 2016
Trump is a needy, monstrously insecure narcissist who is in need of constant affirmation. This is who he is— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) November 27, 2016
It's strange how agitated Trump is about this recount effort, which isn't going to matter at all.— Josh Barro (@jbarro) November 27, 2016
I wonder what it would cost to fly a plane carrying a banner with the popular vote tally around Trump Tower all day.— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) November 28, 2016