ELECTION 2016

Trump Claims Millions Voted Illegally

Trump unleashed a series of complaints on Twitter over recount efforts in Michigan and Wisconsin.

Nov. 28, 2016, 11:18 a.m.

“Pres­id­ent-elect Don­ald Trump ripped the elec­tion re­count on Sat­urday, call­ing it ‘a scam’ and ‘ri­dicu­lous’ and not­ing that Hil­lary Clin­ton had already con­ceded.” (CNN) Trump, ir­rit­ated by the re­count ef­forts, falsely claimed he would have won the na­tion­al pop­u­lar vote if not for “mil­lions of people who voted il­leg­ally,” and tweeted un­proven claims that there had been “ser­i­ous voter fraud” in Vir­gin­ia and New Hamp­shire, two states where he lost nar­rowly, and Cali­for­nia, where he was blown out by Clin­ton.

TRUMP WINS MICHIGAN. The Michigan Sec­ret­ary of State pos­ted res­ults Wed­nes­day show­ing Trump as the state’s win­ner. He beat Hil­lary Clin­ton by 10,704 votes, mak­ing it the closest pres­id­en­tial con­test in the state’s his­tory. (De­troit Free Press)

RE­COUNT EF­FORTS. “Nearly three weeks after Elec­tion Day…Clin­ton’s cam­paign said on Sat­urday that it would par­ti­cip­ate in a re­count pro­cess in Wis­con­sin in­cited by” Green Party can­did­ate Jill Stein “and would join any po­ten­tial re­counts in two oth­er closely con­tested states, Pennsylvania and Michigan.” (New York Times)

“Michigan’s Board of Can­vass­ers is sched­uled to cer­ti­fy the state’s elec­tion res­ults at 2 p.m. Monday. After those res­ults are cer­ti­fied, Stein has un­til Wed­nes­day to re­quest a re­count through the Sec­ret­ary of State.” (De­troit Free Press) All re­count ef­forts would need to be done by Dec. 19, when the Elect­or­al Col­lege will meet.

“Stein has hired former Michigan Demo­crat­ic Party chair­man Mark Brew­er as her at­tor­ney in a statewide hand re­count she plans to re­quest by Wed­nes­day’s dead­line, ac­cord­ing to a cam­paign of­fi­cial.” (De­troit News)

STEIN FUN­DRAIS­ING. As of Monday morn­ing, Stein had raised just over $6.2 mil­lion dol­lars to a goal of $7.0 mil­lion for the re­count ef­fort, ac­cord­ing to her cam­paign web­site. The amount is far more than Stein raised for her ac­tu­al pres­id­en­tial cam­paign.

AD­MIN. DOWN­PLAYS RUS­SI­AN HACK­ING. “The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion said on Fri­day that des­pite Rus­si­an at­tempts to un­der­mine the pres­id­en­tial elec­tion, it has con­cluded that the res­ults ‘ac­cur­ately re­flect the will of the Amer­ic­an people.’” (New York Times)

SANDERS QUES­TIONS ELECT­OR­AL COL­LEGE. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) “said Sunday it is time to re-ex­am­ine the Elect­or­al Col­lege, after…Clin­ton won the pop­u­lar vote but lost the elect­or­al vote to…Trump.” (CNN)

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