President Donald Trump has revived a baseless claim he made shortly after winning the November election that he lost the national popular vote to Hillary Clinton because of voter fraud.
Multiple media outlets have reported that Trump made the comments during a meeting with congressional leaders on Monday. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn were in attendance, according to Politico. Cornyn told the publication that Trump rehashed the long-debunked claim.
Cornyn added: “I didn’t pay a lot of attention to it. I was ready to move on to some policy issues. I didn’t anticipate that discussion.”
When Trump first made similar claims in November, three states he singled out – Virginia, New Hampshire, and California – denied the allegations. Multiple fact-checkers have debunked the claims, while officials in a wide variety of states reported few or no instances of fraud, let alone the nearly 3 million that would have been needed to give Clinton her margin of victory.
Trump secured the presidency with 304 electoral votes, easily surpassing the 270 needed to win the White House.