By DAVID HURDYUSWORTH and RICHARD GRANBER SECTION: NATIONAL POST; PAPERBACK; ARMOR; SPORTS; SPORTS MEDIA; POLITICS; US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION title Donald Trump becomes president-Elect of the United States article President-elect Donald Trump won the popular vote in the November election by nearly 3 million votes, an Electoral College victory that has the potential to dramatically alter American politics for years to come.
But Trump also faced an onslaught of criticism from Democrats who claimed he had lost the popular and electoral vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton because of voter fraud.
What we need now is a full and honest accounting of all votes cast, including provisional ballots, which are counted in states that don’t have full voting systems, said Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who was among the first to call for an investigation into Trump’s win.
“If he was the president-election, he should have a full, honest accounting,” Lewis said.
Trump is expected to take office on Jan. 20, taking office less than two weeks after Election Day.
It is not clear whether any of the new administration’s actions will result in a new election, though Trump’s team has said it intends to challenge election results in court.
In a statement, Lewis called Trump’s victory “a stunning victory for the American people” and said that the next president will need to work to preserve and protect the sanctity of the Constitution.
“This is a time for the nation to unite as we continue to heal from this terrible tragedy,” Lewis wrote.
“We must find common ground to make our country safe and secure.
And we must restore the sanctities of the electoral process so that our democracy is not abused by anyone who seeks to manipulate it in an attempt to undermine our democracy.”
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has urged Republicans to work with Trump to defeat Clinton in November, said the new president’s win “will lead to a new era of polarization and distrust” that “will make it more difficult for our leaders to deliver on their promises.”
“He’s got to find ways to bring his supporters back,” she said.
“And he has to find a way to keep his voters.”
On Wednesday, Trump met with Democratic leaders, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D, N.Y.), in the White House.
Trump is expected later this week to travel to Iowa, where he will meet with the first-in-the-nation caucusgoers.
Trump will hold his first Cabinet meeting on Thursday, and he is expected in Florida for a meeting with state GOP leaders on Friday.
Democrats have urged the new Trump administration to make it clear that the results of the November vote will not be changed and that the electoral college should not be used to decide the next leader of the free world.
The new president will inherit a Republican Congress that has not been friendly to Trump, and Democrats are hopeful that the incoming administration will quickly reverse the political tide of the party’s base and put Democrats back in control of both chambers of Congress.
After Trump won in November’s election, Democratic lawmakers, led by Pelosi, urged Democrats to unite and oppose any effort to “re-elect” Trump.
But Democrats have repeatedly said they would fight to keep control of the House of Representatives and Senate, which they hold in a two-person race.
Democrats are also looking to move forward on their agenda, such as tax reform and immigration reform.