Trump is no stranger to outrageous statements, but his latest has lit a firestorm on social media.
After a year and a half of campaigning feature some pretty outlandish statements, it seems like nothing President-elect Donald Trump could say these days would be surprising to most people. However, he just made a crazy claim that not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of people voted illegally for Hillary Clinton, and that’s the only reason she won the popular vote by such a significant margin.
As usual, he didn’t provide any evidence that this had actually happened, but it did continue his claims of a “rigged” election and seemed to suggest that he was so popular that he won despite excessive vote rigging by Democrats.
“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,” Mr. Trump wrote on his Twitter account Sunday afternoon.
The comments came after Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced they would participate in a recount of votes in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania launched by third-party candidate Jill Stein. The move to recount doesn’t make Clinton’s campaign look very good, as they spent the entire campaign ripping on Trump for suggesting he might not accept the results of the election if he lost. But Clinton’s campaign clearly feels that there may be evidence of some outside interference, likely from the Russians, and want to look into it.
Trump’s claim that people vote illegally in significant numbers has been debunked before, but he has often repeated the claim regardless. But the scope of his claim, that millions of people are involved but yet no evidene exists, is certainly new.
Trump most recently spent five days in Palm Beach, Fla., at his Mar-a-Lago resort for Thanksgiving. His transition team has spent the weeks since the election on filling top cabinet posts, which will continue these coming weeks leading up to his inauguration on Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C.