Trump Says He Actually Won the Popular Vote

'If you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,' per Trump
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2016 4:33 PM CST
Updated Nov 28, 2016 6:28 AM CST
'Millions' of Illegal Voters Cost Trump Popular Vote, Says Trump
Trump is tapping into different math to figure out who won the popular vote.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

Donald Trump doesn't seem pleased about Jill Stein's efforts to raise funds for an election recount in three battleground states, and he's also apparently not happy about reports that Hillary Clinton is crushing him in the popular vote (at last count, she was up by some 2.2 million votes, per the Cook Political Report election tracker). The president-elect offered his theory Sunday on the popular vote, CNN reports. "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," he said in a mid-afternoon tweet, which CNN notes appears to be the first time he has pointed to voter fraud post-election surrounding his own win.

CNN also notes there doesn't seem to be any evidence to back up his illegal-voting claim, nor is there any kind of consensus that Trump can claim a "landslide" Electoral College victory, either—an assertion also made earlier this month by Reince Priebus, Trump's soon-to-be White House chief of staff, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. PolitiFact Wisconsin examines what it takes for a win to be declared a landslide, acknowledging the term is not "technically defined." But with Trump's recently declared win in Michigan, and barring any swerves brought about by the Stein-led recounts, that would leave him with 306 Electoral College votes to Clinton's 232, or 57% of the total—a substantial lead, but not a landslide, according to nearly all of the 10 experts PolitiFact talked to (one said 60% would be considered a landslide, so Trump came "pretty close").

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