During a private meeting with congressional leaders on Monday, President Trump reiterated claims that he would have won the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election if not for millions of illegal immigrants, according to a Democratic aide familiar with the conversation.
Trump has brought this up before, but there is zero evidence to support his claim, and little to no voter fraud was proven to have taken place in the past election. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 2.9 million votes.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said Trump and the lawmakers who attended the meeting discussed "the different Electoral College, popular vote."
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), when asked if Trump said anything surprising in the meeting, said, "I won't even go into that."
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
Trump has insisted Clinton won the popular vote with illegal support since November.
Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California - so why isn't the media reporting on this? Serious bias - big problem!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2016
He also said without evidence that there was "serious voter fraud" in states Clinton won.
Campaigning to win the Electoral College is much more difficult & sophisticated than the popular vote. Hillary focused on the wrong states!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2016
He later said that Clinton's loss in the Electoral College was due to tactics.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.