President Donald Trump has called for an investigation into voter fraud. The president claimed this week that up to 5 million people had voted illegally, costing him the popular vote. There is absolutely no evidence of voter fraud in the 2016 election.
During the presidential campaign, Trump claimed that the election could be stolen from him and that he would not accept the results unless he was treated fairly. There is no evidence of significant voter fraud in modern American elections and no evidence of any voter fraud in the 2016 election.
Trump has not accepted he lost the popular vote, which Hillary Clinton won by 3 million votes. Trump claimed that he had won the real popular vote if illegal votes are discounted. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told press yesterday that Trump still believes there was massive voter fraud.
“I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!” Trump tweeted.
Claims like the ones Trump made have been common among right-wing activists for years but there is no evidence for them. Trump’s decision to launch an investigation into something that demonstrably did not happen has echoes of authoritarian regimes’ attempts to re-write history in a more favorable light. Any investigation led by the Trump administration may lack objectivity since the White House started off the new administration with a series of lies.