As part of his Sunday Twitter meltdown over requests for a recount of the 2016 vote in certain states, President-elect Donald Trump falsely claimed that “millions of people” voted “illegally” for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, which is why he lost the popular vote by more than two million votes.
“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 tweeted Sunday afternoon.
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
“Illegal aliens” voting for Clinton was a popular right-wing bugaboo in the lead-up to the election. Hucksters like James O’Keefe of Project Veritas and conspiracy monger Alex Jones fraudulently alleged that busloads of Mexican citizens were being brought in to vote for Clinton.
Trump appears to have taken those reports as gospel and Twitter users let him have it.
@realDonaldTrump This is a wild accusation. Where is evidence to back it up?
— David Fishman (@davidpkfishman) November 27, 2016
— Josh Sánchez (@jnsanchez) November 27, 2016
@realDonaldTrump you are not uniting the country, by questioning the electorate you are ripping us apart.
— Al Letson (@Al_Letson) November 27, 2016
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) November 27, 2016
— Rhiannon Kate (@rhiannon_kate_) November 27, 2016
So Comey and Putin installed a crazy, vindictive can't-handle-the-truth person in the White House. Scary. pic.twitter.com/pr3WPT9HYH
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) November 27, 2016
Trump’s claim that “millions” of people voted illegally may have come from Infowars, the most popular commentary site amongst his supporters pic.twitter.com/qbQGNEunga
— Jonathon Morgan (@jonathonmorgan) November 27, 2016
— GONG (@GONG) November 27, 2016
Wow, even Trump admits millions of people voted illegally, he just doesn't say who they voted for. #AuditTheVote
— Missy McMurray (@diamonddarling) November 27, 2016
@realDonaldTrump oh PLEASE.
— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) November 27, 2016
@realDonaldTrump King of the Clown Show. You LOST the popular vote. Crushed in fact.
— Jeremy Pond (@JeremyPond) November 27, 2016
Hi I'm Donald Trump and instead of trying to come up with proactive solutions to unite our country I've decided to start a Twitter fight :)
— Taryn Adams (@211Taryn) November 27, 2016
Dear Donald Trump, can you at least TRY and behave like a president and not a whiny child? #NotMyPresident
— Nicole Pollack (@nicolekpollack1) November 27, 2016
— Jason Sparks (@sparksjls) November 27, 2016
Trump doesn't care if we think he's telling the truth – he just wants his supporters to doubt that anyone's telling the truth.
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) November 27, 2016