Trump Plans to Launch Massive Investigation into Voter Fraud

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It seems nightmares of widespread voter fraud have come back to haunt president Donald Trump. On Wednesday, the freshly minted Commander in Chief tweeted he would order a major probe into voter fraud allegations. The U.S. president claims he has reports on voter illegalities in at least two states, where illegals and even the dead cast a ballot. He argued the investigation would help the new administration beef up voting procedures.

His tweets came just one day after his press secretary Sean Spicer told the press that millions of people voted illegally for Hilary Clinton in the November elections.

The president does believe that,

Spicer said, citing unnamed “studies”.

Unfounded Claims

The statements are in stark contrast with data from the states’ voting stations and several studies. All 50 U.S. states along with D.C. said they found no evidence of voter fraud. On Tuesday, Spicer declined to confirm rumors that Trump was getting ready to launch an investigation into the issue. The White House spokesperson said Trump probably will but it was too early to speculate on it.

On Monday, Trump had said up to 5 million votes were cast by illegal Hispanics. Trump made this statement in the face of criticism that he lost to Clinton the popular vote by 3 million votes.

Both Democrats and Republicans were taken aback by the latest decision because Trump seemingly tries to undermine the legitimacy of an election he won. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday he has nothing to comment on Trump’s voter fraud claims. He added he has yet to see evidence to that.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders described Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud as “delusional”. Sanders believes America’s greatest concern is not voter fraud but voter suppression. The senator thinks the president’s claims send a clear message to Republican governor to suppress voters.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged the Tea Party to take a stance against its member’s falsehoods. Schumer thinks America can be safe only if the facts are straight. Sen. Lindsey Graham was also concerned about the public loss of confidence in America’s democratic process.

Trump Undermining the U.S. Democracy

Graham said Tuesday that Trump needs to show the facts he bases his assumption on in order not to “shake [people’s] confidence in our democracy”. He also urged Trump to stop making groundless accusations against America’s voting system unless he wants people to doubt him as a person.

[…] this is the greatest democracy on earth, we’re the leader of the free world,

Graham concluded.

Other Trump critics immediately blasted the U.S. president over his youngest daughter Tiffany Trump being registered as voter in two states. Tiffany appears as an active voter both in Philadelphia and New York City. The 23-year-old graduated the University of Pennsylvania last May.

Experts, on the other hand, say it is not illegal for people to appear on voter rolls in multiple states. It is also natural for people to not be immediately removed from voter rolls after they died. Those two categories don’t fall in the voter fraud category, experts said.

It is worth noting the president’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, appeared on the voter rolls of two states – Florida and New York – until Wednesday.
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