Republican and president-elect Donald Trump's loss in the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton continues to grow nearly a week after he won the Electoral College vote, according to the latest tallies. Clinton now holds a 668,483 lead over the next president, with 61,039,676 votes to Trump’s 60,371,193, according to CNN.
Clinton has seen her lead steadily climb in the last six days since shockingly losing the Electoral College to Trump 290-232. On Friday, Clinton’s lead was a little more than 395,000 votes. The latest vote count shows she is beating Democrat Al Gore's grand total when he won the popular vote to George W. Bush in 2000, but ultimately lost the Electoral College vote.
As states still gather their final tallies, Clinton’s lead figures to grow even more. It’s possible Clinton will wind up with 2 million more votes than Trump, a 1.5 percentage point advantage, the New York Times reported.
Trump, speaking with his wife and children on “60 Minutes” Sunday night, chatted with interviewer Lesley Stahl about tweets he wrote during the campaign that claimed the electoral college is a “disaster for democracy” and that the election process is “rigged.” Trump hinted that he may understand the outcry from Clinton supporters about making the popular vote the primary factor in the presidential election.
“I hated-- well, you know, I’m not going to change my mind just because I won,” Trump said. “But I would rather see it where you went with simple votes. You know, you get 100 million votes and somebody else gets 90 million votes and you win."
Millions of voters, including pop singers Lady Gaga, Pink and Sia want Republican electors to honor the popular vote and deliver the White House to Clinton. Critics claim the Electoral College favors states that once owned slaves.
"Most of us are taught that the Electoral College was designed to dilute democracy by forcing voters to choose independent electors, who then chose a president. That is true, but it’s only part of the story. The system was also designed to accommodate and preserve slavery, the ultimate tool of white supremacy—and later served to delay universal women’s suffrage," Slate wrote.