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Donald Trump Claims Millions of People Voted Illegally in the 2016 Election

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Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (Getty)

President-Elect Donald Trump claimed on Sunday that millions of votes were illegally cast in the 2016 election while offering no evidence to support his claim.

Responding to the ongoing effort to recount votes in Wisconsin, as well as to Democrats’ emphasis of the fact that Hillary Clinton won more votes on November 8th, the president-elect asserted that he actually did win the popular vote.

The idea that Trump could have still won the election if it were based solely on the popular vote is a reasonable point that the president-elect has made before. But this is the first time he has actually alleged that not only did voter fraud take place in the election, but it took place on an extremely large scale. To believe that Trump won the popular vote on November 8th, one would have to accept that over two million ballots were fraudulent.

There has not been any credible evidence that widespread voter fraud took place this year. It’s possible that Trump is referring to a story spread by conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones – a man who believes that September 11th was an inside job and that the Sandy Hook shooting was a false flag operation – that three million votes were cast by undocumented immigrants in the 2016 election. That claim has been spread around fringe websites but has never been verified; as pointed out by Snopes, the report originated from a random Twitter account belonging to a user claiming to be a voter fraud expert but who offers no evidence whatsoever. He has repeatedly declined to share his data or his sources when questioned by journalists.

This comes hours after Donald Trump mocked Hillary Clinton for not accepting the result of the 2016 election by participating in a recount effort.

Nearly four hours after the original tweet, Trump continued to question the result of the election, making the claim – once again without evidence – that serious voter fraud took place in Virginia, New Hampshire and California. Hillary Clinton won all three of those states.

Officials from Virginia, New Hampshire and California have released statements saying that no voter fraud took place in their states. First, Virginia Department of Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortés told Politico, “The claims of voter fraud in Virginia during the November 8 election are unfounded. The election was fair and all votes cast by eligible voters were accurately counted.”

Then, New Hampshire Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan told NBC News, “This is not the first time that there have been claims like that made about New Hampshire elections. We don’t have any evidence, and there has been nothing filed with our office or the Attorney General’s office that there’s widespread voter fraud in New Hampshire.”

Finally, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla released a statement on Twitter saying that Trump’s claims are unsubstantiated and absurd.

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8 comments

  1. Why not e-verify the voter rolls and find out?? Very slanted story. Real journalist wouldn’t take sides. Why not call for e-verify ?

  2. Of course there was recruited and aloud to vote by the democratic lefts now faced with the rioting and criminal aftermath thank goodness for electoral votes USA#1.

  3. Interesting! Why was everything l just wrote completely deleted before l finished, and by who? l don’t wish to continue now.

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  5. Yes he is correct. California alone had millions of unregistered voters. If you dont include California Trump won the popular vote. Stop instigating bullshit stories (Heavy)

  6. Reputable news organizations have reported for years that there are in excess of 10 million illegally used yet valid social security numbers being used by undocumented people in the U.S. A moment of googling found two articles, one from the NY Times and one from PBS, that proves this figure is not in question.
    How many of these valid ssn’s were used to obtain voter registration? None of them? That’s highly unlikely. 10%? Possible. 30% does not sound unreasonable or unlikely at all.