Trump: “Tremendous cheating” to blame for losing 2016 popular vote

Trump: “Tremendous cheating” to blame for losing 2016 popular vote

In an interview with Laura Ingraham on Fox News, Donald Trump stated that if would've won the popular vote in 2016 if there were no Libertarians on the ballot, and that vote-by-mail is the “biggest risk” Americans face.

When asked about “sending a message” to conservatives by winning the upcoming race against Joe Biden, Trump said that he won the popular vote in 2016 in the “true sense” due to “tremendous cheating” in California and New York.

The president goes on to talk about wooing libertarian voters:

“I'm somewhat libertarian. Rand Paul will tell you that — I had a Libertarian candidate on last time, [and they] got four and a half or so per cent? Those are all Republican voters. They're wasting their vote, because they have to vote for us.”

When Ingraham pressed Trump on the popular vote, he responded:

“If there wasn't a Libertarian on the ticket, I would win the popular vote. I would've won it last time.”

During the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton took approximately 65.8 million votes and Trump took 62.9 million votes.

Here's what Trump had to say about mail-in ballots, which he criticized earlier this summer:

“The biggest risk we have, I have to say — is this whole crazy thing. They're sending out 80 million ballots to people who don't even know what a ballot is. They're getting them, they're sending them all over. Who's sending them? Where are they sending them?

“They're sending 80 million ballots to everybody and there's tremendous cheating going to go on. As sure as you're sitting there. And all you have to do is look at the recent races that happened. Single biggest problem that there is, 'cause everybody wants and honest election. I want an honest election.”

Click to watch the first half of the interview where Trump calls Black Lives Matter a Marxist organization, or watch the second half about voter fraud here: