Trump falsely claims ‘millions of people who voted illegally’ cost him popular vote

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Washington (CNN) — President-elect Donald Trump alleged Sunday, without evidence, that “millions of people” voted illegally for Hillary Clinton and otherwise he would have won the popular vote. It’s an unprecedented allegation by a president-elect.

Trump won the Electoral College and thus the White House, but the Democratic nominee leads him in the popular vote by about two million ballots.

“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)!” he added.

This is the first time he has alleged voter fraud in his own victory and there is no evidence of any widespread voter fraud.

Trump could be referencing a series of fake stories on conspiracy websites that said he actually beat Clinton in the popular vote count. Trump’s transition team did not return requests for comment Sunday afternoon.

Recount efforts

Trump has been railing over the weekend against a recount effort led by the Green Party, that he has dubbed a “scam.” Green Party officials filed for a recount in Wisconsin on Friday after reports of possible voting discrepancies in areas that used paper ballots versus those where electronic voting took place.

Wisconsin Green Party co-chairman George Martin said the party is seeking a “reconciliation of paper records” — a request that could go further than a simple recount, possibly spurring an investigation into the integrity of Wisconsin’s voting system. “This is a process, a first step to examine whether our electoral democracy is working,” Martin said.

Both the Clinton campaign and the White House have said they see no evidence that any voting systems were hacked, although the Clinton campaign said Saturday it will take part in the recounts, joining with Stein, to ensure the recount is “fair to all sides.”

Earlier Sunday, Trump launched one of his trademark tweetstorms, reiterating his previous criticism of the recount effort, taking aim at Clinton.

“Hillary Clinton conceded the election when she called me just prior to the victory speech and after the results were in. Nothing will change,” he tweeted.

And then he quoted Clinton’s own concession statement, writing: ” ‘Trump is going to be our President. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.’ So much time and money will be spent – same result! Sad.”

Trump on Electoral College

Trump has vacillated in his support for the Electoral College. In 2012, he tweeted: “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.”

Since his election, he’s been more laudatory.

“The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play. Campaigning is much different!” he tweeted about a week after Election Day.

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8 comments

    • No PC For Me

      Maybe, but one is a lying, cheating, stealing nutcase that supports communism.
      The other is not.
      Besides, Hillary can’t even figure out which restrooms boy and girls use. At least Trump knows there are only two sexes. male and female.

  • steve thomas

    I don’t know about “millions”, but you can be sure that a lot of illegals voted, and they weren’t voting for Trump. Illegals are being brainwashed by Democrats and the media to stick with them and everything will be muy bueno. As an example of media bias, look at the headline of this article. The word “falsely” tells the reader right up front that Trump is lying. ‘…alleged, without evidence’ and thus he must be guilty. Hey, CNN where were you on the occasions that Harry Reid has been spewing blatant, groundless lies in the Senate? Hmmm? The mainstream media like CNN, NBC, ABC, MSNBC and the New York Times are nothing more than shameless lap dogs for the Democrats, and thankfully,some people are finally starting to see it.

  • Michael

    Gotta love the media. They still can’t write a fair/balanced article. The heading of, “Trump falsely claims…” says it all. I read the article. There’s nothing in there documenting his allegation is wrong.

  • Sr

    Trumps spoken truthful so far, and what he speaks is believable. Most things I see on the Clintons are body count deaths, corruption, scammers, liars….. I’m having a hard time seeing any positives with the Clintons…. Trump won popular vote, they just put out propaganda…. Wasn’t it the Bush and Al gore election that we had a miss count??? And we still let Bush in office without recounting. Corruption surrounds us and I’m excited to watch it be exposed ! The truth can only hide for so long before is surfaces.

  • J.B.

    Funny, the only “false” thing i see is a corrupt news media continually spewing left leaning propaganda..
    Fine…lets do a recount and validate California’s vote and voter registration numbers with this election..
    or any other of these “blue” states and precincts for that matter….
    Then lets talk honestly about voter “fraud” and “lies” and “false” misinformation.
    why don’t we start to do that? after all…
    it is all about the integrity of our voting system now..right?……….
    you are all interested in “facts” and “integrity” now apparently right?…
    if you want cold hard facts with included evidence from the president elect,
    why should we the people accept anything less from our so called “news” agency’s?
    if what he said is incorrect..which obviously you think it is…feel free to do your job and prove it..
    without evidence and proof…by your own benchmarks…your very own story is nothing but and falsehoods and bias.
    Live by the Sword…Die by the Sword…

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  • Dennis Fait

    How can your headline writer falsely claim that Trump falsely claims millions of people voted illegally? “Trump falsely claims ‘millions of people who voted illegally’ cost him popular vote”

    The article never uses the word “falsely”.