President-elect Donald Trump alleged Sunday night that he would have won the nation's popular vote if it weren't for the “millions of people who voted illegally" for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Trump won the Electoral College with 290 votes as compared to Clinton's 232 and, therefore, will take office in January. Clinton, however, leads Trump in the popular vote by about two million, according to CNN.
Trump went on a Twitter rant Sunday afternoon regarding the popular vote.
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
It would have been much easier for me to win the so-called popular vote than the Electoral College in that I would only campaign in 3 or 4--— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
states instead of the 15 states that I visited. I would have won even more easily and convincingly (but smaller states are forgotten)!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
This is the first time Trump has alleged voter fraud and so far, the president-elect has not provided any evidence to validate his claims.
Trump's Twitter rant comes as he continues to criticize former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein for filing for a vote recount in Wisconsin. Over the weekend, the Clinton campaign said it would participate in the Wisconsin recount.
The president-elect's latest claim seems to contradict his tweets in the immediate aftermath of the election.
Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2016
In 2012, Trump tweeted: "The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy."
But since his win, Trump seems to have changed his tune.
"The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play. Campaigning is much different!" he tweeted just days after the election.