Without offering any proof, President-elect Donald Trump made a sudden claim that millions of people voted for him illegally in the US election, costing him the popular vote.
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
Trump’s claim was made via Twitter, where he said, “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,” Trump tweeted. “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—states instead of the 15 states that I visited. I would have won even more easily and convincingly (but smaller states are forgotten)!”
By the recent count, Hilary Clinton wont the popular vote by more than 2 million votes, Trump won the presidency with 309 electoral votes (270 are needed to win).
The claim by Trump – based on his Tweets – that 3 million people who had voted in favor of Trump were illegally residing in the US, and was published by right-wing conspiracy site InfoWars on Nov. 14. The site also said that all 3 million fraudulent votes would have gone to Clinton — without showing any evidence to support the claims.
And then on Sunday, Trump tweeted again, saying that “serious voter fraud” had taken place in several states. The President-elect also castigated the media, but again failed to bring forth any evidence for the claims. During his campaigns, Trump was found frequently saying the election was rigged against him and even famously declined to accept the results of the election during one presidential debate.
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’s campaign on Saturday, announced they would participate in Stein’s recount of the votes, even though they had found no evidence of voting irregularities.
Marc Elias, general counsel for the Clinton campaign, mentioned in a post on Saturday, “now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides.”
Trump had also tweeted that he believed the recount would be a waste of time and resources, and wouldn’t change the results of the election. Whereas, according to BuzzFeed News, Election officials told that claims of a widespread attempt to rig the election were nonsensical.