Trump: If Popular Vote Mattered, I Would've Won It

So he said on Twitter Wednesday morning
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2016 11:50 AM CST
In this photo from Saturday, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – Donald Trump is known to occasionally think out loud on Twitter, and on Wednesday the president-elect processed his Electoral College victory, which he won by 304 votes to Hillary Clinton's 227. Trump started off by tweeting at 8:15am EST: "Campaigning to win the Electoral College is much more difficult & sophisticated than the popular vote. Hillary focused on the wrong states!" After allowing people to digest that, Trump moved on to postulate how things might have gone in a different political universe. "I would have done even better in the election, if that is possible, if the winner was based on popular vote—but would campaign differently," he mused 10 minutes later, without elaborating.

This isn't the first time Trump has taken on the election results on Twitter, notes Politico, which points out the Electoral College win is not exactly the "landslide" Trump's people have claimed, that Clinton claimed the popular vote (by almost 3 million at last glance), and that the fact "that his win was anything other than resounding has seemingly created an itch that Trump has been unable to resist scratching." At any rate, he didn't wait much longer to wrap up what Politico calls his "three-post Twitter flurry," switching it up to discuss campaign spending. "I have not heard any of the pundits or commentators discussing the fact that I spent FAR LESS MONEY on the win than Hillary on the loss!" he concluded. (A recent tweet was "unpresidented.")

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