President-elect Donald Trump falsely claimed that millions of people voted illegally, saying it was the reason he lost the popular vote to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by such a large margin.
“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.
Trump didn't provide any evidence for his claim and has been roundly criticized for throwing out an empty accusation on a public platform, despite being less than two months away from becoming the commander-in-chief of the most powerful country in the world.
Trump also alleged -- without evidence -- there was voter fraud in several states.
“Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California - so why isn't the media reporting on this? Serious bias - big problem!” Trump tweeted.
“It appears that Mr. Trump is troubled by the fact that a growing majority of Americans did not vote for him,” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla wrote on Twitter. “His unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud in California and elsewhere are absurd. His reckless tweets are inappropriate and unbecoming of a President-elect.”
Trump's latest Twitter tirade comes after the Green Party's Jill Stein spearheaded a fundraising effort to pay for recounts in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Trump won each of those states by approximately 1 percent of the vote after Clinton led in polls there for several months.
Stein has raised more than $4.5 million and has begun a recount effort in Wisconsin.
“The incredible outpouring of support for these recounts -- from over 100,000 small donors with an average of $45 each -- shows that Americans of all parties want a voting system they can trust,” Stein said, reports The Guardian.
Democrats have blamed the Russian government for interfering with the election, including the hacking of Democratic Party emails. But in a statement, the White House denied the election results had been hacked by the Kremlin.
“The Kremlin probably expected that publicity surrounding the disclosures that followed the Russian Government-directed compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations, would raise questions about the integrity of the election process that could have undermined the legitimacy of the President-elect,” the statement read, reports The New York Times. “Nevertheless, we stand behind our election results, which accurately reflect the will of the American people.”