Google search of election results links to ‘news’ article that falsely claims Trump won popular vote

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WASHINGTON — If you go to Google and search “final election results popular vote,” one of the top results under “In the news” is a website that lists the wrong numbers and claims Donald Trump won the popular vote.


It was first pointed out in Mediaite on Sunday.

70News said: “Final election 2016 numbers: Trump won both popular ( 62.9 m -62.2 m ) and Electoral College votes ( 306-232). … Hey, scrap your loony petition now!”

The website also said.

“Anyone asking where I got the figures, it was from twitter posts. Knowing the Democrat media have been dragging their liberal feet giving Michigan to Trump – finally they did, with Arizona finally declared two days ago – Trump now has the 309. Except for the twitter posts, the popular vote number still need to be updated in Wikipedia or MSM media – which may take another few days because the liberals are still reeling and recovering from Trump-shock victory. If I’m wrong, I won’t hesitate to change the numbers. It’s the job of the establishment media to tell the people the final numbers when it’s out there already.”

Here’s the tweet cited by 70News:

“Michael” lists no source for the numbers and his bio doesn’t provide any insight into his possible qualifications. He does indicate he is a Trump supporter by using #TrumpTrain.

On Sunday, the fact-checking website Snopes addressed the issue of who won the popular vote, saying, “All the ballots haven’t been counted yet, but it looks like Hillary Clinton really did win the nationwide popular vote — if not the presidency — by a considerable margin.”

Clinton’s lead “is expected to grow as more votes are counted from blue states and districts such as Washington and California, which still has around 4 million votes to count,” according to a Buzzfeed article posted Monday.

As of 11:09 a.m. MST, CNN’s Presidential Election Results site showed Clinton with 47.8 percent of the popular vote and Trump with 47.3 percent.



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