Trump Insists Again: Voter Fraud Cost Me Popular Vote

Tells congressional leaders that up to 5M 'illegals' voted
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2017 6:12 AM CST
Updated Jan 24, 2017 6:32 AM CST
President Trump hosts a reception for House and Senate leaders in the the State Dining Room of the White House Monday.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – President Trump isn't letting one of his controversial claims about the election go away: In a meeting with congressional leaders Monday, he told them that he would have won the popular vote if not for voter fraud. "He said 3 to 5 million 'illegals' voted so that's why he lost popular vote," says a Democratic aide present, per the Hill. Multiple outlets, including the Washington Post, have the same story with their own sources. And the New York Times doesn't mince words, stating in a front-page headline that "Trump Repeats Lie About Popular Vote ..."

Trump won the Electoral College 304-227, but in the official tally, Hillary Clinton won the popular ballot by about 3 million votes. Trump first alleged voter fraud in a November tweet, but he has offered no evidence to support the claim and independent fact-checkers have dismissed the allegation. Around the time he first made it, the claim was present on conspiracy websites, notes CNN.

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