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Donald Trump Claims He Won the Popular Vote, Which He Lost by More Than 2 Million Votes

Donald Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton, and it wasn't all that close. (photo: AP)
Donald Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton, and it wasn't all that close. (photo: AP)

By Adam Peck, ThinkProgress
28 November 16
 
The president-elect baselessly claimed that millions of voters were illegal.

here are many things Donald Trump can say about this month’s election after beating expectations and claiming enough electoral votes to seize the White House.

One thing he can’t: that he won a majority of votes.

Despite a comfortable win in the electoral college, Trump is trailing Hillary Clinton in the popular vote by more than two million votes, a margin that is only growing.

But on Sunday, Donald Trump claimed on Twitter that he had in fact won the popular vote because “millions” of votes were cast illegally.

Donald Trump presented no evidence to support his outlandish claim, and that’s because none exists. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in this or any presidential election, and certainly not on the order of “millions of people.” One of the only documented cases of actual voter fraud in this election came when a Trump supporter tried to vote for him twice.

Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote has grown significantly since Election Day as large states like California continue to tally their votes. Her margin of victory now stands at more than two million votes, by far the largest gap by a presidential candidate who lost the election.

Trump supporters have pointed to fake news websites like InfoWars, which claimed that Clinton’s popular vote win was the result of three million illegal votes by undocumented immigrants and dead people. During the campaign, Trump himself repeatedly tweeted memes and fake stories from white supremacist websites as fact.

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