According to the latest tallies, Trump lost the popular vote by a larger margin than any other American president. Right now, he trails Hillary Clinton by 2.8 million ballots. That's nearly six times as many as the runner-up for biggest popular vote loser: George W. Bush, who brought in 544,000 fewer ballots than Al Gore in 2000.
So this is the first time in U.S. history that a candidate has lost the popular vote by more than one million ballots. In other words, he hasn't served a day in the White House, but The Donald has already set a new low in American politics.
But he won't see it that way, of course. Last month, Trump dismissed criticism of his performance at the polls by claiming that he won the popular vote in a landslide - if you subtract the millions of people who voted illegally from the count.
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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
The only problem with that theory is that Trump hasn't offered any evidence to back up his claim. He has tarnished the reputation of the American electoral system without any proof. And without that, his allegations sound more like a tantrum than a plausible theory.
But that doesn't seem to matter in Trump's post-reality America. A recent Pew Research poll found that nearly one third of Republicans believe that Trump did win the popular vote. So it seems that his domestic policy of making wild, unsubstantiated allegations works. And if that's the case, then Trump has set yet another new low for American politics.
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