Monday’s Campaign Round-Up, 12.19.16

Updated
Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* Members of the Electoral College will meet in their respective state capitols today to formally make Donald Trump the president-elect. There’s been a fair amount of drama leading up to the process, but it’s not expected to change the outcome.

* Trump hasn’t held a press conference since the summer, but he apparently held court at one of his resorts yesterday, hosting a “relaxed and chatty” conversation with the press. The discussion was off the record.

* At his last campaign rally of the year, Trump told an Alabama audience, “More people are being murdered than in 45 years.” This is still completely and demonstrably wrong.

* At the same event, the president-elect told his followers that media professionals who questioned the likelihood of his victory were guilty of “suppressing the vote.”

* A day earlier in Orlando, Trump headlined another rally, where he said his followers “were nasty and mean and vicious” during the campaign.

* The Washington Post reported over the weekend on a newly released national poll that found 52% of Republicans believe Trump won the popular vote. (He lost it by nearly 3 million votes.)

* Reflecting on the election, First Lady Michelle Obama told Oprah Winfrey, “[W]e’re feeling what not having hope feels like.”

* On a related note, Trump wasn’t pleased with the comment.

* The race to become the next DNC chair has a field of candidates that continues to grow: Sally Boynton Brown, the executive director of the Idaho Democratic Party, is joining the competition.

* And the state of California has certified its election results: Hillary Clinton crushed Trump in the nation’s most populous state, 61.7% to 31.6%. It’s the most lopsided Democratic victory in the Golden State in 80 years.