Before the election, Trump warned his supporters that the polls on Election Day would be rigged — seemingly creating an excuse for what at the time looked like a humiliating impending loss for the Republican nominee. Then he won the Electoral College and the presidency.
But his unsubstantiated calls alleging voter fraud haven’t ended. On Monday in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers, Trump falsely claimed that between 3 million and 5 million unauthorized immigrants voted against him in November, swinging the popular vote to Hillary Clinton, and he has called for an investigation into widespread voter fraud.
He also has another excuse for losing the popular vote: He wasn’t campaigning for it. Had he strategized around the popular vote, he would have won it, he said.