The big news today is that President Trump still believes that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in the presidential election. When asked about it at the press briefing Tuesday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that “the President does believe that.”
“He has stated that before,” Spicer continued. “I think he has stated his concerns of voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign, and he continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence that people have presented to him.”
The question was raised at the briefing because of comments that President Trump had made Monday in a private meeting with congressional leaders.
Predictably, the media piled on saying that the President has no evidence of widespread fraud. CNN’s Brian Stelter cited a New York Times article that concluded that no states reported widespread voter fraud. The “Reliable Sources” CNN host wondered if Trump wanted to be remembered as the ‘fake news president.’ Here’s what he said:
I want to choose my words as carefully as possible, Brooke. We talked about before the election about how Donald Trump talked about how the election would be rigged and how that would undermine the election, but here we are on his fourth day in office — the only word I can think of is crazy.
It is crazy. It’s crazy to think that 3-5 million people voted illegally in this election, it of course undermines Democracy, but it undermines facts. It is just a dark day.
We heard about alternative facts by Kellyanne Conway, this is an ‘alternative fact.’
The truth is that many Americans believe there is illegal voting.
So “The New York Times” reached out to the appropriate authorities in each state and The Times found that all 50 states (except for Kansas which didn’t respond) found no indication of widespread fraud.
I think the question is: Does Donald Trump want to be remembered as the fake news president? Does he want to be remembered as the conspiracy theory president? I don’t think he does, so he’s either got to present evidence and acknowledge that the election was successful and he won, what’s next, Brooke, is NASA going to say that the moon is made of green cheese?
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