On January 17 I put forth "The Argument for Donald Trump's Illegitimacy" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-greene/the-argument-for-donald-t_b_14220416.html
I should have simply waited a few more days.
Donald Trump just made an even stronger argument himself and the only thing America can now do to resolve this issue is to either conduct a thorough, precinct by precinct recount or to accept The President at his word, declare the results to be illegitimate and call for a new election.
On December 4, 2016, the country of Austria did exactly that. They called for and conducted a whole new election because of relatively minor vote counting issues in some of their precincts, significantly less of an issue that we now have in The United States. http://www.wsj.com/articles/austrian-court-orders-rerun-of-presidential-vote-1467369788
But in his press conference Sean Spicer said that these 3 - 5 million illegal votes were irrelevant because "Donald Trump won 306 electoral votes".
But did he?
How in the world can we be certain who these "illegal voters" voted for?
Donald Trump won the State of Michigan by 9,528 votes. Can we be legally certain that more than 9,528 of the 3 - 5 million illegal votes were not cast for Trump over Clinton in Michigan?
Donald Trump won the State of Wisconsin by 22,748 votes. Can we be legally certain that more than 22,748 of the 3 - 5 million illegal votes were not cast for Trump over Clinton in Wisconsin?
Donald Trump won the State of Pennsylvania by 44,312 votes. Can we be legally certain that more than 44,312 of the 3 - 5 million illegal votes were not cast for Trump over Clinton in Pennsylvania?
And while we are at it, can we be legally certain that there weren't more than these 76,588 total votes that gave Donald Trump the Presidency in the 7 Million votes that Rolling Stone journalist Greg Palast claims were suppressed or not properly counted? Mr. Palast has been calling for a thorough recount ever since the election. http://www.GregPalast.com
The Russian hack absolutely affected the outcome of The 2016 Election but 3 - 5 million illegal votes takes this conversation to a whole new level.
If we are ever going to have any moral authority as we attempt to export America's special brand of Democracy to the rest of the world, we need to resolve this issue with absolute, 100% certainty by counting and verifying every single vote cast, or starting all over again and conducting an election that America and the world can trust.