The political commentariat is all ablaze about President Elect #Donald Trump’s latest tweet in which he stated, “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." The tweet comes on the heels of claims on some of the right of widespread voter fraud taking place during the recent election, especially in California. Hillary Clinton beat Trump in the popular vote by about 2.2 million people. Indeed some have suggested that the president-elect lacks a mandate because of this fact.
The reaction on both the left and the right has been predictable.
The never trumpers on the right are rolling their eyes and are suggesting that Trump is being irresponsible on social media again. Clearly, it is time for Kellyanne Conway to take away his phone once more until he learns to behave. American presidents cannot just pop off on social media anytime they like.
Some on the left are having fun with Trump’s latest Twitter hand grenade. If President-Elect Donald Trump thinks widespread voter fraud has happened, then all the more reason to do recounts. Trump has called the effort to recount the vote in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan spearheaded by Green Party candidate Jill Stein and supported by the Clinton campaign to be a scam.
However, some other analysts on the left think that a method might reside in Donald Trump’s madness. Besides claiming a mandate by suggesting that millions of Hillary Clinton votes were illegal, Trump and his allies could use the idea to push for voter ID laws. Supporters of such laws maintain that they protect the integrity of the election process by having voters prove they are who they say they are. Opponents claim that such laws are a racist plot to suppress the minority vote, which tends to cast ballots for the Democrats.
Even as Trump fills out his government and prepares to fulfill his campaign promises, he is doing what he does best, causing comment and aggravation through his smart use of social media.f #Election 2016