Trump calls campaigning for popular vote 'easy' -- except he lost the popular vote
Donald Trump during CNN debate (Photo: Screen capture via video)

President Donald Trump lost the popular vote in 2016 by 3 million votes, but he claimed that campaigning for it is "easy."


In a Tuesday night tweet, the president compared it to running a 100-yard dash.

"Campaigning for the Popular Vote is much easier & different than campaigning for the Electoral College. It’s like training for the 100 yard dash vs. a marathon. The brilliance of the Electoral College is that you must go to many States to win. With the Popular Vote, you go to just the large States - the Cities would end up running the Country. Smaller States & the entire Midwest would end up losing all power - & we can’t let that happen. I used to like the idea of the Popular Vote, but now realize the Electoral College is far better for the U.S.A.," he wrote.

In the weeks that followed the 2016 election, Trump claimed that he actually won the popular vote because 3 million undocumented immigrants voted illegally. He organized a commission to uncover the voter fraud, but was unable to actually find much, and definitely not 3 million voters.

To make things more awkward, people don't run the 100-yard dash in the Olympics, they use meters. It was last included in the international games in 1904, though Americans still use the race locally.