Donald Trump has continued his criticism of Hillary Clinton’s support for election recounts in three states. The president-elect, who offered no evidence for his claims, earlier called the recount effort a “scam”, while senior adviser Kellyanne Conway called Green party candidate Jill Stein and Clinton “a bunch of crybabies and sore losers”.
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No evidence for Trump claim, says BBC’s Anthony Zurcher
It’s a classic Donald Trump move. Take an accusation, and turn it on an accuser. His opponents want a recount in states he won? Then he’ll allege massive voter fraud in states carried by Hillary Clinton.
There is, of course, no evidence of the “millions” of illegal votes that Mr Trump says were cast for Democrats. If there were, it would merit a full investigation and not a series of Sunday-morning tweets from the president-elect. The veracity of these accusations seems of little import to Mr Trump. What matters is that by going on the offensive, he turns a story about the legitimacy of his narrow wins in key states into a muddled mess. As he has done in the past, he raises the volume in hopes of drowning out a negative story.
The irony is that, in this case, it seems a pointless undertaking. The Green Party-funded recounts will almost certainly fail to reveal electoral malfeasance. Mr Trump could have let them proceed without comment and avoided any controversy. Then again, for this president-elect, controversy is like water to a fish. It surrounds and sustains him. Perhaps he can’t function without it. In his follow-up tweets, the Republican wrote:
“It would have been much easier for me to win the so-called popular vote than in the Electoral College in that I would only campaign in 3 or 4 states instead of the 15 states that I visited.” “I would have won even more easily and convincingly (but smaller states are forgotten)!”
Mr Trump also alleged “serious voter fraud” in Virginia, New Hampshire and California – states won by Mrs Clinton – accusing US media of not reporting on that issue.
The president-elect’s tweets came as his transition team faced infighting over Mitt Romney’s candidacy for secretary of state. In TV appearances on Sunday, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway spoke out against Mr Romney’s potential appointment, saying Mr Trump’s supporters felt “betrayed” he would consider the former governor for the prominent role. She said Mr Romney, who was one of Mr Trump’s fiercest critics during the campaign, “went so far out of his way to hurt” the president-elect.
Mr Trump, meanwhile, reminded Mrs Clinton on Sunday that she had already admitted defeat, and published remarks from the presidential debates in which she had urged an acceptance of the poll results. At the time, his Democratic rival was reacting to Mr Trump’s refusal to respect the outcome.
Clinton beat Trump by more than 2 million votes nationwide, but Trump won in the electoral college by 306-232