On Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan stated that there’s “no evidence” of mass voter fraud during the 2016 election, as President Trump would like us to believe.
Ryan’s comments are a response to the new president’s claim that he’d only lost the popular vote to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton because 3 to 5 million “illegals” voted in the election. In a bipartisan discussion with congressional leaders at the White House on Monday night, Trump spent roughly 10 minutes yammering on about how the “illegals” cost him the popular vote.
His claims of voter fraud are nothing new, however. Back in November Trump tweeted:
‘In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.’
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
The bipartisan meet-and-greet was President Trump’s first official meeting with congressional leaders since he was sworn-in as commander-in-chief on Friday.
Trump won the presidency by winning the Electoral College 304 to 227. However, the former secretary of state won the popular vote by approximately 3 million votes, a figure President Trump would likely love to erase from his memory.
Ryan told reporters at the Capitol:
‘I’ve seen no evidence to that effect. I’ve made that very, very clear.’
Watch the clip below, via Twitter:
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 24, 2017
Avoiding further questioning, Ryan stated:
‘I’M A POLICY GUY. I’M GOING TO SIT HERE AND FOCUS ON POLICY.’
Following the election, many spoke out against Trump’s claim that rampant voter fraud had somehow affected the results of the election.
Senator Lindsey Graham told The Huffington Post back in November:
‘I don’t know what Trump is talking about. If he has evidence, bring it forward. If he doesn’t, he shouldn’t say things like that. I want people to believe — at least, the Senate be on record — that we believe the election is fair. I’m sure there was problems, but it was free and fair.’
The results of the 2016 election are similar to the outcome from 2000 when Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore won the popular vote but lost the election to President George W. Bush after he secured enough votes from the Electoral College to secure the White House.
Feature Image is a screengrab via Twitter.