Eighteen days after being declared the “winner” of the 2016 presidential election despite having lost the popular vote by more than two million votes, and now staring down a trio of recounts which could take his hollow election victory away from him entirely, Donald Trump has gone into full meltdown mode. Known for his erratic and often infantile behavior on Twitter in general, Trump pushed into a new threshold on Sunday when he began directly attacking the merits of the popular vote.
Trump exploded with a double digit number of tweets on Sunday in which he alternately complained about the upcoming recounts in three states, randomly accused three other states of having been rigged against him without offering any evidence, accused a third party candidate of running a scam against him, and generally did everything he could to sabotage the legitimacy of the recounts. But then his ego took over, and he shifted away from that strategy in favor of essentially trying to pick a fight with all voters.
“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,” Trump tweeted while offering no evidence of his latest empty conspiracy theory. Then he continued boasting: “It would have been much easier for me to win the so-called popular vote than 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)!”
That’s right, the so-called popular vote. Now that it appears to be finally setting in for Donald Trump that the majority of American voters chose his opponent Hillary Clinton by a margin of millions of votes, and that he in fact lost the popular vote badly, Trump has decided that the popular vote is worthless anyway. Because nothing says “presidential” like a guy who openly mocks the will of the American majority.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report