Despite coming out as the victor in the presidential election, Donald Trump has insisted that Hillary Clinton’s popular vote win was due to voter fraud.
Last month in one of his infamous tweetstorms, Trump claimed — without any proof — that his popular vote loss was because of the “millions of people who voted illegally” for Clinton.
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
Although his assertion was totally unfounded, he has been touting it as truth for weeks and even convinced many Republicans to believe him.
The New York Times released a report on Sunday that determined no such voter fraud occurred.
The publication polled Democratic, Republican, and Independent election officials in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and came to the conclusion that there are no “indications of widespread fraud” anywhere in the United States. However, Uproxx notes that Kansas was the lone state that did not respond to the poll.
Of the states that did report their results, nearly half of them found “no credible allegations of fraudulent voting.” There were eight states that reported knowing of at least one fraud allegation, but no more than that.
There were a few states that experienced much larger numbers of potential cases, such as Tennessee, which reported 40 out of 4.3 million primary and general election votes, and Georgia, which said they had opened approximately 25 inquiries into “suspicious voting or election-related activity” out of their counted vote total of 4.1 million, Uproxx reports.
These numbers may initially seem alarming, but in the grand scheme of things, they make up an extremely small percentage of overall votes in these states, and they have not all been found to be credible as of yet.
In a nutshell, Trump’s declaration that mass voter fraud is to blame for his popular vote loss is completely false and only plays into the paranoia he has inspired among his followers.
He won Americans over by presenting himself as the alternative to government corruption, but in doing so he has — on numerous occasions — created corruption where it doesn’t exist to give himself a boost.
While it seems the New York Times has finally gotten to the bottom of this “voter fraud” issue once and for all, Trump and many of his delusional supporters will likely remain in denial.
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