Almost 3 weeks after being declared the “winner” of the 2016 presidential election despite having lost the popular vote by over 2.16 million votes, and now staring down three recounts, 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.
DOUBLE DIGIT TWEETS
Trump exploded with a double digit number of tweets where 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)!”
SO-CALLED POPULAR VOTE
That’s right, the so-called popular vote. Now that it appears to be finally settling in on Donald Trump that the majority of American voters chose his opponent Hillary Clinton by a margin of over 2.16 million votes, and that he in fact lost the popular vote badly, Trump has decided that the popular vote is worthless anyway.
The Trump team complained that this recount would be a colossal waste of time and money and serve as a disruption from the president-elect’s efforts to bring together a new cabinet and administration that would carry out his agenda and help reunite a sorely divided country.
Trump’s campaign manager and senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, hinted that Trump might have second thoughts about abandoning a campaign pledge to call for a special prosecutor to examine Clinton’s mishandling of State Department emails and the fundraising activities of her husband’s global foundation.
Even with recounts about to get underway in as many as three states, Donald Trump should have nothing to worry about if he won those states fairly to begin with. Statewide vote totals don’t end up being off by ten thousand or more votes due to simple honest errors here and there. The only way these three recounts could take the election away from him is if he only won them due to cheating to begin with. And so the current panicked meltdown on the part of Trump and his staff is raising questions as to just what they’re so afraid of being uncovered. Even as the recount process proceeds, Trump’s latest Twitter meltdown yesterday entered such unhinged territory that it gives the Electoral College more fuel for rejecting him even if he doesn’t lose the recounts. If he thinks the voting was fair and that he indeed won these states one would think he would be glad to see that a correct and fair election made him president.
Since the election, Hillary Clinton has conducted herself in clearly sensible fashion. Even when she signed on to a recount effort that had been started by a third party candidate, she was careful not to make any accusations ahead of the findings. And the reason why seems obvious enough: with so many rumblings from various Electoral College members about taking matters into their own hands, both Clinton and Trump are being watched to see who can come off as the most “Presidential” in the eyes of the Electors. The only thing is, Trump doesn’t seem to know it. That’s why his latest Tweet rants might eventually be so damaging to him.