Donald Trump may have won the election and become the president, but he still seems hung up on smaller things — like the crowd size at his inauguration or the fact that he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by a wide margin.
Soon after the election, when third party candidate Jill Stein filed for a recount in Wisconsin and the Clinton campaign announced it would join the effort, the billionaire baron called it a “scam” and posted a series of ridiculous tweets.
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
Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.8 million.
During a recent meeting with congressional leaders from both parties, the president once again made the unsubstantiated claim about voter fraud, insisting the only thing that kept him from winning the national popular vote was millions of illegal ballots.
“Two people familiar with the meeting said Trump spent about 10 minutes at the top of the gathering with Republican and Democratic lawmakers rehashing the campaign,” wrote The Washington Post. “Trump also told them that between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused him to lose the popular vote. The discussion about Trump's election victory and his claim that he would have won the popular vote was confirmed by a third person familiar with the meeting.”
Trump additionally suggested the millions of illegal votes were actually cast by undocumented immigrants (the people he wants to deport and/or incarcerate in large numbers), according to The New York Times.
Trump just lied &said he lost popular vote because of 3 to 5 million illegal votes. Will Spicer call him out and then apologize to public?— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) January 24, 2017
Here the President has lied repeatedly about the fact that he lost the popular vote. Time for the media to speak clearly—he is lying.— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) January 24, 2017
Looks like Trump used meeting w/ Congressional leaders to discuss— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) January 24, 2017
1. Inauguration crowd sizes
2. Attribute losing popular vote to fraud
The truth is the real estate developer-turned-politician has no evidence to back up his voter fraud claims. He spent a major part of his election campaign trying to brainwash his supporters about “rigged election” and insisting that the biased system supported his Democratic rival, Clinton.
However, officials across the country claim there is no indication of illegal ballots — and certainly not millions of them.
Maybe it's time for President Trump to let go of his weird obsession with popular vote and crowd count and instead focus on the bigger picture stuff, like introducing a replacement for the healthcare plan he and his cronies are dismantling.
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