Donald Trump has unleashed a Twitterstorm against Hillary Clinton, highlighting her past debate criticisms of him for once claiming the election was “rigged.”
In his most controversial tweet, Trump claimed, without offering any evidence, that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election. (Read more about this unproven claim and its possible conspiracy theory origins here.)
The Trump tweets come as efforts to force recounts in three battleground states steam ahead just three weeks before the Electoral College meets to formally vote for the president. Trump leads the Electoral College 306-232.
The tight time frame has the first state where a recount was formally requested – Wisconsin – rushing to meet the deadline. The recount effort was launched by Green Party nominee Jill Stein, who received 1% of the vote on November 8, but has raised more than $6 million to pay for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Those are all formerly blue states that Trump won by slim margins, giving him the presidency.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign lawyer says in a post on Medium.com that she will participate in the Wisconsin recount, and possibly the others, even though the campaign acknowledged it had investigated – but found no actionable evidence of – fraud or outside interference in the 2016 presidential election. Clinton’s sole response has been to retweet her lawyer’s essay through her official Twitter page.
Experts say overturning the election at this stage is extremely unlikely because Clinton would need all three states to flip to win, and Trump has a more than 70,000-vote lead in Pennsylvania. Clinton had already conceded to Trump.
At first, Trump stayed silent on the recount matter, with his campaign chairman Kellyanne Conway making fun of it on Twitter and then calling those involved “sore losers.” However, on November 26 and into November 27, Trump suddenly ignited over the issue on Twitter, sending out a stream of tweets that highlighted comments Clinton made during one of the presidential debates on Trump’s pre-election comments that the election was “rigged.”
Trump also tweeted two other comments about the recounts, calling them a Green Party “scam.”
Read more about the recounts here: