On Sunday, president-elect Donald Trump made the rather groundless claim that he had lost the popular vote because of the millions of people who voted illegally.
“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 on Twitter.
This might be a follow up of a series of posts from Jill Stein, the candidate for the Green Party. It seems like now, Donald Trump has chosen to take the same patch as Stein did during the campaign. Interestingly enough, on Saturday, Hillary Clinton’s team said that they will be making recount efforts in Wisconsin along with Michigan and Pennsylvania. It is not like the popular vote really counts for anything apart from popularity maybe. Still, it seems like Donald Trump does not stand the smell of failure.
No proof to his claim
Still, could Donald Trump’s claim actually have a real basis? Not one that we know of. The conservative voter fraud specialist Gregg Phillips is another person who made such claims during the campaign. And Phillips is a controversial and rather dubious figure. Some articles are claiming that he is a partner of VoterFraud.org. However, in reality, he said that he founded VoteStand.com, an app which supposedly detects voter fraud. How is this possible? Nobody but him has any idea. He also seems to be suffering from an obsession with voting fraud, as he claimed similar things about Obamacare. And, like Donald Trump, he does not have any evidence whatsoever about his claims.
Long story short, there is absolutely nothing out there which can indeed can be used as a proof that millions of people voted illegally in this election.
Trump tries to establish his cabinet
This voter fraud scandal comes right as Donald Trump is trying to establish his presidential cabinet. More importantly, he still has not chosen a Secretary of State. Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser, appeared on public television on Sunday morning. She accused Mitt Romney of trying to hurt Trump ‘s chances during his presidential campaign. Romney is a serious contender for the post of Secretary of State. When asked if she told the president-elect his opinion of Romney, Conway, who might become press secretary, said that she did and that she will respect his decision. Shortly after, she declared that what she does is not a campaign against someone, but a call from a citizen who is very worried. According to her, it is not sure if Mitt Romney even voted for Donald Trump.
On Saturday, the Republicans said that this idea to recount votes is totally ridiculous. They said that
“This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused.”
The problem here is that if someone were to take their fraud claim seriously, they would need a recount in order to establish the truth. So the Republicans are actually contradicting themselves with this statement.
All in all, it seems like the shadow of doubt still hangs over the presidential election. We can all wonder now when will it stop, or even worse, if it will ever.
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