Donald Trump is using what is now commonly known as “alternative facts” when he claims that illegals cost him the popular vote. President Trump had his first meeting with congressional leaders Monday night where he made the false statement that millions of undocumented immigrants voted in the 2016 election. Mr. Trump had a roundtable with political leaders who have been in Washington for decades. Present at the gathering were Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
The 45th president told the Democrats and Republicans in the room that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, had between 3 million to 5 million illegal immigrants mainly living in California who cast ballots for her. When the meeting ended, a Democratic aide who wished to remain to anonymous told reporters: “He said 3-5 million ‘illegals’ voted, so that’s why he lost popular vote.” Another politician added: “That’s exactly what he said.”
Kevin McCarthy, a congressman from Bakersfield, California, was asked to share his thoughts on Trump’s fake claims, and he dodged the question by saying “there is a difference between Electoral College, popular vote” and walked away.
Pelosi, who represents California’s 12th congressional district and is known for being ruthless against Republicans, was asked about Trump’s comments. Pelosi angrily responded with “I won’t even go into that” and rapidly made her way to her office.
The businessman captured 304 electoral votes to be victorious in the election, but Mrs. Clinton was able to win 2.9 million more ballots than her opponent. Trump hates to lose, so he came up with the debunked claim that mass voter fraud earned Clinton the popular vote.
The 70-year-old Republican, who as has often argued that the system is rigged against him, wrote a few weeks ago: “I could have won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
At the meeting with lawmakers, Trump also spoke about the size of the crowd for his inauguration.