The president-elect famously tweeted out on November 27, after he had won the presidential 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.” Since he currently trails former Secretary Clinton by some 2.8 million votes, we’re talking about a claim of massive voter fraud. Coming at it another way, since an estimated 137.7 million votes were cast, 2.8 million fraudulent votes would be amount to more than 2% of all votes cast being fraudulent.
Yet there’s no evidence of significant voter fraud. According to a New York Times article, inquiries to all 50 states and the District of Columbia turned up a vanishingly low level of voter fraud:
[E]lection and law enforcement officials in 26 states and the District of Columbia — Democratic-leaning, Republican-leaning and in-between — said that so far they knew of no credible allegations of fraudulent voting. Officials in another eight states said they knew of only one allegation.
Tennessee reported the highest rate of possible voter fraud, with some 40 credible allegations out of some 4.3 million votes, but note that includes both the primary and general election votes. That’s a combined rate of 0.00093%. It’s a tiny fraction of the rate of fraud that the Trumpster would need for his claim to be true.
So, yeah, The Donald simply lied when he claimed he would have won the general vote, and not just the electoral vote if there weren’t massive voter fraud. As lies go, it qualifies as a whopper.
Except in the case of a compulsive liar, folks generally tell lies for a reason. Why would the Trumpster lie? Is he that insecure? Is he drinking his own KoolAid™ to the extent that he believes his own gibberish? Is he so ignorant of elementary arithmetic that he genuinely believes the stuff he says?
Here’s the critical thing to know about Donald Trump: throughout his history as a businessman, those who have invested in him have pretty much always lost money; ask anyone who invested in the Trump Casino, or Trump University. But the Donald always winsThe salary he drew from the maze of holding companies that bankrupted Trump Casino; the royalties he earned from Trump University. The Trumpster always make certain he gets paid. Everything else is advertising and the whining of “losers.”
Which doesn’t bode well when the White House becomes the Home of the Whopper™.