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
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
In his latest Twitter storm, Donald trump decided (unprompted) to make the claim that he, in fact, won the popular vote. He made his claim based on an already debunked conspiracy theory that originated, ironically, on Twitter. Trump is basing his claim on two tweets made by someone known as Gregg Phillips who represents a ‘group’ known as ‘VoteStand.’ Here is Gregg’s ‘evidence’;
Completed analysis of database of 180 million voter registrations.
Number of non-citizen votes exceeds 3 million.
Consulting legal team.
— Gregg Phillips (@JumpVote) November 11, 2016
Phillips later restated his ‘three million’ claim and announced they would join ‘True The Vote’ to initiate ‘legal action.’ As far as anyone knows, no legal action has been taken to date by Phillips and his allies, over 2 weeks later. Legal action has been taken by the Green Party, led by Jill Stein, to get a recount of at least one of the states that Trump won by a razor-thin margin, Wisconsin.
Many right-wing and ‘alt-right’ (a term used to describe groups that many find to be racist, misogynistic and anti-gay) news outlets pounced on the tweeted declaration. Fact checkers soon realized that all of the articles written by Infowars and others all lead back to these two tweets by Phillips. A quick scroll through Phillips’s Twitter page quickly reveals that he apparently an embracer of the so-called ‘alt-right’ movement.
The story as reported by the Washington Post;
As his senior advisers engaged in an escalating feud over who the next secretary of state should be, Trump focused publicly on Clinton’s tally of 64 million votes — more than 2 million more than he garnered — by suggesting without evidence that millions of people illegally voted in the election.
“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,” Trump tweeted late Sunday, one of more than 10 tweets on the recount issue.
That accusation — spread by conspiracy sites such as Infowars.com and discredited by fact-checking organizations — gained traction among some far-right conservatives disappointed that Trump lost the popular vote.
But Trump’s embrace of the claim created even more instability around the election results from both ends of the political spectrum, with Green Party candidate Jill Stein leading calls among liberal activists for recounts in key battleground states to make sure vote fraud did not give the election to Trump.
Although most agree that Trump won the election by the electoral college tally, there is increasing speculation as to why Trump is becoming so defensive about such a common occurrence as a recount in a closely contested race. Of course, no one wants to speculate on any ‘conspiracy theories.’
The fact is, the recount will happen. the results will be analyzed and used to ensure fairer elections in the future. It is a common practice and perfectly legal. Perhaps Trump should take the advice of just about everyone and focus on the job at hand — being President. It is getting increasingly disturbing that he cannot seem to control his impulses even after the election. Furthermore, can he distinguish fact from fiction? … Whoops, there I go again … don’t want to float or suggest any conspiracy theories.
On a more serious note, some researchers, like Bill Palmer, have studied the results and actually make a case worth at least a second look concerning the vote totals below;
While the video sounds like it was made by Anonymous, it does make some good points. Certainly, more of a case than Mr. Phillips made in his tweet that he has failed to back up with any evidence whatsoever.
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