The numbers are in: Donald Trump lost the popular vote in last month’s US presidential election by a bigger margin than any other US president in history. Trump is currently trailing Democrat rival Hillary Clinton by 2.8 million votes —and counting—, five times more than the second-biggest deficit.
The second biggest popular vote deficit in history for a candidate who has still gone on to become President belongs to George W. Bush, who lost the popular vote to Al Gore by 544,000 ballots.
Following his election victory, the billionaire businessman praised the electoral college system as “genius.”
Responding to people pointing out his defeat in the popular vote, Trump posted an angry tweet saying: “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. ”
The president-elect, however, did not provide any evidence that illegal voting had taken place and has been criticized for making the unsubstantiated allegation.
Clinton’s lead in the popular vote has led to calls for the Electoral College delegates to side with the majority of Americans and reject Donald Trump.