Trump’s Whopper

Posted on November 29, 2016

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When you tell a whopper, it undermines the truth needed to govern.

That’s what President-elect Donald Trump has done by claiming to have won the popular vote after discounting “the millions of people who voted illegally.”

Trump offered no evidence for voter fraud, and  by so baldly staking a demonstrably false claim, he risks damaging the integrity of the very representative democracy that just elected him president.

The latest firestorm erupted after Green Party presidential candidate Jim Stein called for a recount of the Nov. 8 popular vote in Wisconsin and two other states, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Supporters of Hillary Clinton, who hasn’t challenged the election outcome, joined the recount chorus.

Nobody credible is asserting that a recount will change the election outcome.

Trump is hardly the first president to lose the popular vote. Clinton won the popular vote by over 2.5 million.

The purpose of the recount is to assure a fair and accurate election process.

Still, Trump  couldn’t resist striking out with a Twitter tirade that referenced “millions of people who voted illegally” and called in question the integrity of the vote count in California, New Hampshire and Virginia, all states that Clinton won by larger margins and aren’t being recounted.

Many people will believe falsehoods if told by someone they like, and this may be a foreshadowing of the Trump presidency.

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