Trump claims ‘millions’ voted illegally for Hillary and he WON the popular vote: The Donald leaves Florida and launches tirade about voter fraud after accusing Clinton of hypocrisy for joining Wisconsin recount
This afternoon from Mar-a-Lago, President-elect Donald Trump sent out tweets suggesting that he won the Electoral College and the popular vote
Alleging widespread voter fraud, Trump said he ‘won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally’
Trump then said it would have been easier for him to win the popular vote – as he would have just campaigned in three or four highly-populated states
His comments came as he jetted out of Florida for New York with his wife Melania and son Barron in towThis afternoon from Mar-a-Lago, President-elect Donald Trump sent out tweets suggesting that he won the Electoral College and the popular vote
President-elect Donald Trump is claiming that he won both the Electoral College and the popular vote – and the only reason why Hillary Clinton is ahead is because of Americans voting ‘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,’ the president-elect tweeted Sunday afternoon as he jetted out of Florida with his wife Melania and son Barron after a brief Thanksgiving break.
Clinton is currently beating Trump in the popular vote total by 2.2million votes. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
The president-elect has dismissed recount efforts in three key states, going on a Twitter tirade earlier today inspired by news that Clinton had joined recount efforts started by Green Party hopeful Jill Stein in Wisconsin.
‘That is horrifying. That is not the way our democracy works. Been around for 240 years. We’ve had free and fair elections. We’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them, and that is what must be expected of anyone standing on a [debate stage] during a general election. I, for one, am appalled that somebody that is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that kind of position,’ Trump said quoting Clinton and forgetting the words ‘debate stage.
Clinton had made those statements to moderator Chris Wallace at the Las Vegas debate after Trump said ‘I’ll keep you in suspense’ about whether he would concede the election to Clinton if she were to win.
Trump also quoted Clinton saying, ‘We have to accept the results and look to the future, Donald Trump is going to be our President. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead
Ending that flurry of tweets with his own commentary he wrote, ‘So much time and money will be spent – same result! Sad.’
He had previously labeled the recount effort as a way for Stein to ‘fill her coffers with money.’
‘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 the statement obtained by Bloomberg.
‘This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall and wasn’t even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount.
‘All three states were won by large numbers of voters, especially Pennsylvania, which was won by more than 70,000 votes.
‘This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing
This afternoon, after making his initial illegal voting claim, Trump followed up with two more tweets, which suggested it would have been easier for him to win the popular vote anyways, because he would have just campaigned in a handful of highly-populated states.
‘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–,’ he began. ‘states instead of the 15 states that I visited. I would have won even more easily and convincingly (but smaller states are forgotten)!’ he concluded in the second tweet.
Trump’s new theory about ‘winning’ the popular vote quickly got slammed on Twitter for its falsehoods about fraud.
‘We will have a Conspiracy Theorist in charge of our government, our military and our nuclear arsenal. What could possibly go wrong?’ wrote former White House senior advisor to President Obama Dan Pfeiffer.
Josh Marshall of the left-leaning Talking Points Memo wrote, ‘As deep as we’ve gone in this Orwellian political s***hole, very disturbing that an incoming President says this.’