Minority President-Elect Trump claims ‘millions of people’ voted illegally

Image: Gage Skidmore / Creative Commons

Image: Gage Skidmore / Creative Commons

In a tweet Sunday, minority President-Elect Donald Trump claimed that he not only won the Electoral College by a landslide but that he also won the popular vote by a landslide if you delete all the illegal votes for Hillary Clinton.

Just says after calling Jill Stein’s demand for a recount in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan a scam, Trump made the best case for a recount by delegitimizing his own victory.

His outburst on Twitter came shortly after Clinton’s campaign said they would join Stein in the call for a recount in those key states.

It should be noted that Trump’s claim that million of votes are illegal is not only without evidence, it is an outright lie. There is no ounce of truth to his claim. This is how dictatorships are started. When one side tries to call the electoral process illegitimate and refuses to accept the final results, even after winning.

Trump took to Twitter again later Sunday night to lie again, claiming massive voter fraud also occurred in Virgina, New Hampshire, and California.

Trump has tried to downplay the necessity for a recount, yet now seems to be arguing that there should likely be a nationwide recount and investigation into the election. Trump can’t seem to get his story straight.

While I should have little hope that the recount efforts will change the outcome of the election, the fact that Trump, who lost the popular vote by more than two million votes, now seems anxious about the possibility, gives me a little shimmer of what it likely false hope.

If he is so confident he won, why start lashing out?

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