Donald Trump’s Baseless Claim That Illegal Votes Cost Him Popular Vote Is Classic Trump

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President-elect Donald Trump is continuing the same ridiculous stunts that got him elected. On Sunday, after learning that Hillary Clinton had joined Jill Stein's movement to challenge voter results in three states, Trump tweeted that millions of votes were cast illegally for Clinton.

"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 wrote in a tweet.


Business Insider reports that Trump's tweet isn't based on factual evidence. In fact, only fringe sites like the "conspiracy-riddled InfoWars" claimed after the election that illegal immigrants cast some 3 million votes.

Business Insider also notes that three fact-checking websites—PolitiFact, and Snopes—have all ruled that there was no voter fraud.

While there is no evidence that voter fraud was committed in any state, that didn't stop Trump, who also tweeted that there was "serious voter fraud" in Virginia, New Hampshire and California.

So why would Trump make such claims?

One guess is that his ego is so fragile, he can't stand that he lost the popular vote by 2 million. He isn't the people's champ; he's the Electoral College's champ, the same Electoral College he wanted to do away with.


But, as Business Insider notes, this isn't the first time Trump has made baseless claims of widespread voter fraud. Before the election, Trump said that illegal immigrants were voting, creating a "massive problem." There was no evidence then, or now, to substantiate Trump's claim.

Read more at Business Insider.

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