Sore-loser-even-when-he-won Donald Trump tweeted today that he "won the popular vote" (not true) "if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally." Briefly, that is impossible, and all Trump is doing is showing a. How much it bothers him that he lost the popular vote, and b. How very scary President Trump will be.
That he declined to cite any evidence to support his claim that "millions of people voted illegally"—presumably for Clinton—is almost beside the point. A likely source for his figures is conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, whom Trump has called "amazing" and who spread a similar lie recently.
(And, by the way—the only documented case of voter fraud during the election was that of a Trump voter who was so riled up by his rhetoric that she felt she had to ensure he won by voting twice.)
Hillary Clinton is up over two million votes in the popular election. Voter fraud at this level would require the largest government conspiracy known to man and a curiously ineffective one at that. No one expects the Jill Stein recounts to change the outcome of the election, so why would the apparent shadow government that oversaw this voter fraud sway the popular vote but not the Electoral College?
Many on social media saw the tweets as both an ego-driven outlash and an attempt to change the conversation away from an extensive New York Times investigation outlining his conflicts of interest around the world as president.
Sam Stecklow is the Weekend Editor for Fusion.