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Trump Calls Millions of Votes 'Illegal'

2016-11-28

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President-elect Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had their last debate before the presidential election on October 19.

The moderator of the debate, Chris Wallace, asked Trump if he would accept the results of the election.

President-elect Donald Trump waves to the crowd as he leaves the New York Times building following a meeting, Nov. 22, 2016, in New York.
President-elect Donald Trump waves to the crowd as he leaves the New York Times building following a meeting, Nov. 22, 2016, in New York.

In response, Trump said, “I will look at it at the time.” Later in the conversation, he said, “I’ll keep you in suspense, okay?”

Trump is now the president-elect. He is set to take office in January.

But officials have announced they will re-count the votes in some states. In response, Trump wrote on Twitter that “millions” of people voted illegally for his opponent.

Almost 50,000 people forwarded the tweet, and close to 150,000 more “liked” it.

News organizations and political analysts say no evidence supports Trump’s claim.

One reason that people are still disputing the results is because of how presidents are elected in the United States. States – not voters – choose the president. The system is called the Electoral College.

In the 2016 election, Trump won enough states under the Electoral College system to beat Hillary Clinton, but he did not win the most votes overall.

Members of the Electoral College will meet on December 19.

The results were very close in three of the states Trump won -- Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Activists are raising money to request the votes there be re-counted.

If the results change, Trump risks losing the Electoral College and therefore the election.

This weekend, Trump said on Twitter that he won the Electoral College. He would have won the popular vote, too, he said, “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

Trump also claimed there were illegal votes in three of the states Clinton won: Virginia, New Hampshire and California. Trump asked, “Why isn’t the media reporting on this?”

Alex Padilla is the secretary of state in California. He said Trump did not have evidence for his claim of illegal votes in California. Padilla added that Trump’s tweets were “reckless” and “unbecoming” of a president-elect.

Others warned news organizations not to report Trump’s comments without considering first whether they were true.

One social media user brought some humor into the debate, saying: “Trump won the popular vote 100-percent if you deduct the millions and millions of people who did not vote for him.”

And that’s What’s Trending Today.

Dan Friedell wrote this story for Learning English. Kelly Jean Kelly was the editor.

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Words in This Story

moderator n. someone who leads a discussion in a group and tells each person when to speak

suspense –n. a feeling or state of nervousness or excitement caused by wondering what will happen

assert v. to state (something) in a strong and definite way

deduct –v. to take away (something, especially an amount of money) from a total

inappropriate –adj. not right or suited for some purpose or situation

unbecoming –adj. not appropriate or acceptable for a person in a particular job or position