Robert Reich: Why Donald Trump Would Never Have Won the Popular Vote

On December 21, Trump claimed he could have won the popular vote had he wanted to. “Campaigning to win the Electoral College is much more difficult & sophisticated than the popular vote. Hillary focused on the wrong states!” Trump tweeted.

“I would have done even better in the election, if that is possible, if the winner was based on popular vote - but would campaign differently,” Trump wrote in the second tweet.

Baloney. Trump could never have won the popular vote. Hillary Clinton won it by nearly three million, a historic record for a candidate losing the Electoral College vote.

I find it astonishing that a president-elect of the United States is so insecure and thin-skinned about his victory that he has to keep justifying it, even by telling big lies. Weeks after Election Day, Trump tweeted that “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.”

Another totally baseless claim. There’s no evidence of illegal voting. And Trump had no landslide in the Electoral College. His percentage of the Electoral College was lower than that of 12 post-World War II winners.

Trump wants to convince Americans he has a strong mandate to govern. But half of Americans didn’t vote, and he got a minority of those who did. That means fewer than 1 out of 4 qualified voters cast a ballot for Trump. That’s no mandate.

In 30 days, the most unqualified, divisive, ignorant, and dangerous man ever to become president of the United States moves into the Oval Office.

This article first appeared as a post by Robert Reich's Facebook page. Read the full post here.


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