COLORADO SPRINGS - Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams (R) seemed puzzled Monday by President-elect Donald Trump’s false assertion that “millions” of votes were cast illegally in the election earlier this month.
“People don’t always clear every tweet with me,” Williams said of his own party’s leader when asked about the political wisdom of Trump casting doubt on an election he’s already won.
Despite winning a clear majority in the electoral college (which is how the President is chosen,) Trump is more than 2 million votes behind Hillary Clinton in the popular vote.
On Sunday afternoon, Trump made the baseless claim on Twitter that he “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
Williams says elections are not perfect, but said he’s seen no evidence of widespread fraud or mistakes in the American electoral system.
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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
“I don’t think we get to a million votes,” Williams said of the total size of errors and fraud in the county. “I’m not in each state and I don’t know all of the details, but from Colorado our clerks and our judges prevented the overwhelming majority of attempts to vote that were improper.”
Williams pointed out that other states have similar precautions to prevent abuse of the electoral system and says he’s confident that the electoral college outcome in Trump’s favor is secure despite whatever minor amount of mistakes or voter fraud there may have been.