On January 23,2017 President Donald Trump met with congressional leaders. During the private meeting, the President claimed to have lost the popular vote during November’s election due to 3-5 million illegal votes from undocumented immigrants. Numerous research has since, then been conducted. Nonetheless, there is no evidence to support such claim.
When pressed for evidence, White House press secretary Sean Spicer , stated “The President does believe that, I think he’s stated that before, and stated his concern of voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign and continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence people have brought to him,”. Within days of the stray comment, experts have begun to look further into the situation. According to experts at The Brennan Center for Justice, fraud rates were between 0.00004% and 0.0009%.
In addition, the Republican party first began making false accusations towards voter frauds during the 1990s, after two major changes in local politics took place in the state of New Hampshire.
Trump’s false accusation concerning voter fraud is crucial and here’s why: Republicans in New Hampshire, who now control the state government, have introduced 40 bills in the 2017 legislative session that may make the voting process much more difficult.
While the burden of proof lies in the person making the claim, Trump has yet to offer evidence to support his contention that “millions” voted illegally.
By: Jennifer Santos