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President Trump Believes 3.5 Million Illegal Voters Costed Him The Popular Vote, Confirmed WH Press Secretary Sean Spicer

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President Trump Believes 3.5 Million Illegal Voters Costed Him The Popular Vote, Confirmed WH Press Secretary Sean Spicer

On Tuesday, January 23, 2017, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.stated during a White House briefing that President Trump believes that three million people voted illegally, causing him to lose the popular vote.
The issue became relevant during a meeting with congressional leaders on Jan. 22, President Trump brought up his belief that illegal voters were the reason why Hillary Clinton won the popular vote.
At a White House briefing the following day, a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer if President Trump believed that millions voted illegally during the 2016 election, and if there was evidence to support this theory. Spicer responded, “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 that people have brought to him.”
Reporters continued to press Spicer about evidence that convinced Trump to have this belief, but Spicer would not clarify what evidence brought Trump to this conclusion. When asked what he agreed with Trump on this theory, Spicer said that it is not his job to pose these types of questions, therefore not responding to the reporter’s question. Spicer was also asked if the administration will have an investigation to put Trump’s theory to rest, he responded with, “Maybe we will.”
Trump, who had no shame in repeatedly voicing his concerns about people voting illegally and costing him the election during the campaign, put out a tweet after the election saying, “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the people who voted illegally.” Several studies were conducted after the election produced no evidence of widespread voter fraud. The Brennan Center for Justice wrote a report called The Truth About Voter Fraud found that voter fraud rates were less than 1%.
“I wasn’t there,” said Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham in a statement to CNN. “But if the President of The United States is claiming that 3.5 million voted illegally, that shakes confidence in our democracy. He needs to disclose why he believes this.”
Although Trump has concerns about the legitimacy of the popular vote, it is highly-unlikely that his administration will conduct an investigation into his theory due to the fact that many people have theories of his electoral college victory.

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