In an unprecedented move President-elect of the United States, Donald Trumps tweets “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”. This is the first time Mr Trump is speaking up against voter fraud after the presidential election. And did so without giving any evidence to back up his claim.
Before the election Mr Trump had consistently claimed the election will be rigged against him. He made headlines when he said during a debate he may not accept the election result. Despite public fury he doubled down the following day at a rally, where he told his supporters “I will only accept the result if I win”. He won the all-important Electoral College Vote and consequently the presidency.
But he’s trailing Mrs Clinton in the popular vote. From Mr Trump’s latest utterances on Twitter, it seems he’s only accepting the results in places where he won. Even though the popular vote is nothing but pure dross, it’s giving him concern. Saddened by the fact he’s behind Mrs Clinton with over two million popular votes, he tweets “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!)”
Mr Trump had a very tense relationship with the media through out the campaign season. As president-elect he took a few steps that made some think he wanted forge a better relationship with the media. Remember when he offered the press pool in front of his home hot chocolate, his visit to The New York Times and his meeting with top cable news anchors?
Well, it seems he had gone back to his old self by tweeting “serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California- so why isn’t the media reporting on this? Serious bias- big problem!” Mrs Clinton won in all the three states Mr Trump mentioned in that tweet. It seems it’s rigged if Trump lost. May be someone should tell Mr Trump he’s now the president-elect. If he keeps saying there was foul play, he’s only undermining the process that will make him the leader of the most powerful nation on earth come January 20.