President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he would direct executive agencies to conduct an investigation into the 2016 election to make sure fraudulent votes did not have an impact on the outcome.
“I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and even those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!” Trump said on Twitter.
Though it seems unusual for the winner to contest the election, Trump does not believe he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton. He told congressional leaders on Monday that between three and five million illegal votes were cast for Clinton.
On Tuesday, press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed Trump’s claims.
“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 people have brought to him,” Spicer said.
Trump’s announcement brought a flurry of outrage from Democrats, including former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. She told CNN that Americans should be frightened by the president’s election claims.
“He seems to be questioning the legitimacy of his own election, all while, for the last couple of months, touting how legitimate and huge his election was and historic it is. It can’t be both,” she said.
“What is the most deeply disturbing about his penchant for lying is – if he is willing to lie about the trivial, like crowd size, or the significant, like voter fraud, then what happens if we go to war and we have our troops lives on the line and there are causalities?” she asked. “Is he going to send Sean Spicer out to lie about the causalities that have taken place? Are our allies going to be able to trust us?”
Sounds like Debbie and the Democrats are afraid of what an investigation into voter fraud might turn up. They are definitely afraid of what might result from an investigation – especially at a time when many states are choosing to enact voter ID laws. When there are reasonable legal barriers to voting – i.e., simple measures meant to make sure a voter is who they say they are – Democrats somehow find it more difficult to win elections. Wonder why that is…
Perhaps President Trump can solve this mystery once and for all.