Donald Trump now says he will waste tax dollars on made up false conspiracy theories about voter fraud.
There was no voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election, and Trump clearly lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes.
But because Trump is upset that many continue to point out his failure to get the most votes, he has chosen to indulge in a conspiracy about voter fraud.
As a result, Trump announced on Wednesday morning on his Twitter account his decision to investigate the conspiracy theory, much like his previous lie that he was investigating President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
Trump wrote, “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!”
Independent, nonpartisan fact checkers have repeatedly investigated the allegation and reported that Trump’s allegations are completely without merit.
Several of Trump’s fellow Republicans, including Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) dismissed Trump’s conspiracy theory, though White House press secretary Sean Spicer repeatedly referenced Trump’s belief in the fake story during his daily briefing on Wednesday.
In addition to indulging a conspiracy theory that is on par with the belief that the U.S. government caused the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Trump is also using the claim as cover for more Republican attempts to pass laws and policies suppressing votes among those in the population likely to vote for Democrats.
The Supreme Court recently threw out voter ID laws in North Carolina, pointing out that Republicans there had devised the law simply to inhibit black votes, who heavily lean in favor of the Democratic Party. Trump won in many of the states that have enacted voter ID suppression laws, including Wisconsin where he won by less than 24,000 votes.