President Donald Trump received more than 72 million votes in the 2020 elections, more than any incumbent president in the history of the United States.
According to the Associated Press, Trump has received 72,071,588 votes so far in the 2020 presidential election, with several states still counting.
The number of votes Trump has received pushes him above the previous mark set by President Barack Obama in the 2012 election. The then incumbent Obama received 65,915,795 popular votes in his victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
The likely winner of the 2020 election, Joe Biden, also broke records in the election as he received the most votes in all presidential elections, with about 77,181,771 votes counted according to the AP.
The number of votes Trump received in the 2020 election comes from the fact that the incumbent president continues to make seemingly unsubstantiated allegations of widespread election fraud.
“THE OBSERVERS WERE NOT ALLOWED INTO THE COUNTING ROOMS. I WON THE ELECTION AND RECEIVED 71,000,000 LEGAL VOTES BAD THINGS HAPPENED THAT OUR OBSERVERS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO SEE. THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE. MILLIONS FROM LETTERED ELECTIONS WERE SHOWN TO PEOPLE WHO NEVER HAVE ASKED THAT,” Trump wrote in a November 7 tweet that was flagged by Twitter as a controversial allegation of election fraud.
“Now 73,000,000 votes!” wrote the President in a tweet in response to his own tweet on Thursday.
Now 73,000,000 votes! https://t.co/VSNfdzoFkK
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2020
Despite Trump’s claims and refusal to make a concession when he was trailing by over 5 million votes, election officials in the United States have recently stated that they have found no evidence of election fraud.
The New York Times contacted election officials and state secretaries in all 50 states, all but one responding that there was no evidence of widespread election fraud.
“I know of not a single case where anyone has argued that a vote counted when it should not have counted or did not count when it should have counted. There was no fraud,” Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon told The Times.
According to the newspaper, “officials in 45 states responded directly to The Times. In four of the remaining states, The Times spoke with other officials across the state or found public comments from secretaries of state; none reported major voting problems. It also noted that the only state that did not respond was Texas, where Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick recently announced that he offered $1 million to citizens to come forward and report election fraud.
Washington Newsday asked Trump’s campaign for a comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.