Trump claims mil­lions voted il­le­gally in pres­i­den­tial poll

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump has as­serted he won the pop­u­lar vote on 8 Novem­ber “if you deduct the mil­lions of peo­ple who voted il­le­gally”.

The Repub­li­can, who won the all-im­por­tant elec­toral col­lege count, of­fered no ev­i­dence to back his claim.

It comes af­ter the camp of Demo­cratic ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton said it would sup­port a vote re­count in Wis­con­sin ini­ti­ated by a Green Party can­di­date.

Mrs Clin­ton won about two mil­lion votes more than Mr Trump in the pop­u­lar vote.

How­ever, Mr Trump sur­passed the re­quired 270 elec­toral votes to win the pres­i­dency. This was based on the state-by-state con­tests.

In a tweet, he wrote: “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.”

In his fol­low-up tweets, the Repub­li­can wrote: “It would have been much eas­ier for me to win the so-called pop­u­lar vote than in the Elec­toral Col­lege in that I would only cam­paign in 3 or 4 states in­stead of the 15 states that I vis­ited.”

“I would have won even more eas­ily and con­vinc­ingly (but smaller states are for­got­ten)!”

Mr Trump also al­leged “se­ri­ous voter fraud” in Vir­ginia, New Hamp­shire and Cal­i­for­nia - states won by Mrs Clin­ton - ac­cus­ing US me­dia of not re­port­ing on that is­sue.

Ear­lier on Sun­day, the pres­i­den­t­elect re­minded his Demo­cratic ri­val that she had al­ready ad­mit­ted de­feat, and pub­lished re­marks from the pres­i­den­tial de­bates in which she had urged an ac­cep­tance of the poll re­sults.

At the time, Mrs Clin­ton was re­act­ing to Mr Trump’s re­fusal to re­spect the out­come.

Mr Trump nar­rowly beat the Demo­cratic can­di­date in Wis­con­sin, where a re­count of the votes was ini­ti­ated last week by Green Party can­di­date Jill Stein.

Dr Stein also wants re­counts in Michi­gan and Penn­syl­va­nia, cit­ing “sta­tis­ti­cal anom­alies”.

Con­cerns over pos­si­ble Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence had been ex­pressed in the run-up to the vote.

The US gov­ern­ment has said Rus­sian state ac­tors were be­hind hacks on the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee, a claim de­nied by Moscow.

Re­sults would need to be over­turned in Wis­con­sin, Michi­gan and Penn­syl­va­nia to al­ter the out­come of the Novem­ber pres­i­den­tial elec­tion - some­thing an­a­lysts say is highly un­likely.

Mrs Clin­ton’s cam­paign has said it will par­tic­i­pate in Wis­con­sin’s re­count.

Her cam­paign’s gen­eral coun­sel, Marc Elias, said there was no ev­i­dence to con­clude the elec­tion had been sab­o­taged, but “we have an obli­ga­tion to the more than 64 mil­lion Amer­i­cans who cast bal­lots for Hil­lary Clin­ton to par­tic­i­pate in on­go­ing pro­ceed­ings to en­sure that an ac­cu­rate vote count will be re­ported”.

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