In less than one minute, CNN‘s Jake Tapper easily shut down allegations of voter fraud put forth by the White House.
During The Lead on Tuesday, Tapper began the show by saying:
‘President Trump is claiming, and the White House is reaffirming the fiction that millions of illegal votes were cast in the 2016 election. It is an empirically stunning allegation for which the White House is providing no evidence; and there is a reason they are providing no evidence: [because] there is no evidence. It is not true.’
In fact, earlier in the day, White House press secretary Sean Spicer held a press conference during which he acknowledged that the new commander-in-chief believes 3 to 5 million votes were cast illegally in the 2016 election. Which, of course, is conveniently around the number of votes Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by. So naturally he has to assume that those votes were cast illegally — because how on earth could Clinton possibly beat him, right?
As Tapper points out, Spicer didn’t say whether or not he himself believes that 3 to 5 million votes were cast illegally. He was even asked by reporters, but refused to back up his bosses claims. Instead, Spicer told reporters that Trump is “very comfortable with his win.”
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Of course, Trump still yammering on about voter fraud, even after he’s officially assumed power, so that claim is questionable. Each of Spicer’s press conferences thus far have involved a significant amount of time spent defending Trump’s legitimacy.
As Tapper pointed out, if Trump’s claims of voter fraud were in fact true, he would have already ordered an investigation. It’s that simple.
‘There is zero evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 election. Now, has there ever been voter fraud, any instances? Yes. Massive voter fraud, 3 to 5 million votes cast illegally in 2016? No. It’s simply not true. In fact, if there were even a fraction of the voter fraud that President Trump is alleging, he would be derelict not to order an investigation.’
Honestly, the whole voter fraud allegations are likely just a decoy so the American public doesn’t pay attention to what’s really going on — which is probably far, far worse.
Watch Tapper’s comments in the clip below, via YouTube:
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