PALM BEACH — As President-elect Donald Trump conducts transition-related meetings from his Mar-a-Lago Club, he’s continuing to offer analysis on Twitter of his stunning Nov. 8 victory over Hillary Clinton.
Trump flipped Florida and other key battleground states from blue to red to surpass the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. Trump’s Electoral College victory was confirmed Monday as electors met in Tallahassee and other state capitals across the U.S.
Clinton, due largely to her huge margins in deep-blue California and New York, got nearly 2.9 million more votes nationally than Trump. Clinton won California by nearly 4.3 million votes and New York by 1.7 million votes.
In all, according to a RealClearPolitics.com analysis, Clinton got 65.8 million votes nationally, or 48.2 percent, while Trump got just under 63 million votes, or 46.1 percent.
“Campaigning to win the Electoral College is much more difficult & sophisticated than the popular vote. Hillary focused on the wrong states!” Trump tweeted today at 8:15 a.m.
“I would have done even better in the election, if that is possible, if the winner was based on popular vote – but would campaign differently,” the president-elect tweeted nine minutes later.
Five minutes later, Trump added: “I have not heard any of the pundits or commentators discussing the fact that I spent FAR LESS MONEY on the win than Hillary on the loss!”
Notably absent from his discussion of the popular vote today was Trump’s dubious Nov. 27 claim that he would have won the popular vote if not for “millions of people who voted illegally.”
Trump spokesman Jason Miller this morning said he had nothing to add to Trump’s latest tweets.
“I’ll go ahead and let those speak for themselves, but this is something the president-elect has discussed both on the thank-you rally tour that he’s had and in other occasions, so there’s nothing new here,” Miller said on a conference call with reporters.