After Combover Crybaby Donald Trump apparently won the US Presidential Election earlier this month - results are still merely “projected”, and have not been finalised - it became apparent that, while he had won just over 300 of the 538 Electoral College votes, easily enough to get him into the White House, he had lost the popular vote, and by more than two million votes. And then came demands for recounts.
This move has been spearheaded by Jill Stein, who stood as the Green Party candidate. Ms Stein certainly isn’t going to win any of the states in which she is advocating a recount, but if sufficient extra votes accrue for Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump could be in big trouble. And that has sparked a petulant, paranoid, and most certainly non-Presidential outburst from The Donald, now back in control of his Twitter feed.
“The Green Party scam to fill up their coffers by asking for impossible recounts is now being joined by the badly defeated & demoralized Dems” he declared at the weekend, which is odd as Ms Stein is having to pony up somewhere north of $6 million to get the recounts. But then, Trump rarely makes sense in his Twitter rants.
It got worse: “The Democrats, when they incorrectly thought they were going to win, asked that the election night tabulation be accepted. Not so anymore!” Did they? Hell, he doesn’t care. But he would be right to worry - if the vote had been tampered with. That is because the three states concerned - Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania - carry 10, 16 and 20 Electoral College votes respectively - enough to lose Trump the election.
Were all of those states to switch from red to blue, Trump would have only 260 Electoral College votes, and Ms Clinton 278. It is the longest of long shots, but Trump has been unsettled, reduced to asserting “Hillary Clinton conceded the election when she called me just prior to the victory speech and after the results were in. Nothing will change”. How would he know that? Does he have access to the election machinery?
He even returned to Twitter yesterday evening to double down on his claims, ranting “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”. It wasn’t a landslide, and he’s so far been unable to bring forward any evidence of illegality. And the vote margin in Wisconsin, at just over 10,700, is larger than has ever been overturned after a recount.
What is Trump’s problem? He’s still at it, claiming overnight of “Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California - so why isn't the media reporting on this? Serious bias - big problem!” Something of a “look over there” tactic, as Trump lost all three states. If he won the three states now being discussed, he should just be able to sit back, agree to let due process take its course, and carry on assembling his team for Government.
This is the man who, if he is inaugurated President in January, will have his finger on the nuclear button. After the weekend’s ranting, we should all be very afraid.