It all started with this insane tweet. (Sigh. I have a feeling we’re going to be saying that a lot the next four years.)
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
That was on November 27th. Since then Trump has reiterated this claim many times in interviews, on Twitter and last night with members of Congress, even though there is a complete and total lack of evidence to support it. Well this afternoon it became official White House policy when Press Secretary and beleaguered small person “Baghad” Sean Spicer doubled down on on the President’s bats**t nonsense.
When asked by reporters if Trump really believed this was true, Spicer answered confidently, “The president does believe that. He has stated that before. I think he’s stated his concerns of voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign and continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence that people have presented to him.”
When asked how long this abject craziness has been going on Spicer told them, “I think the president has believed that for a while, based on studies and information he has.”
Now if you’re wondering where Trump has seen these studies, look no further than his favorite journalist, the internet sociopath and conspiracy theorist Alex “Sandy Hook never happened” Jones.
Three million votes in the U.S. presidential election were cast by illegal aliens, according to Greg Phillips of the VoteFraud.org organization.
But despite what Jones said, there is no report from VoteFraud.org, and Greg Phillips told PolitiFact he isn’t even affiliated with that website. Apparently he got his information solely from tweets made by from Phillips.
We have verified more than three million votes cast by non-citizens.
— Gregg Phillips (@JumpVote) November 13, 2016
Completed analysis of database of 180 million voter registrations.
Number of non-citizen votes exceeds 3 million.
Consulting legal team.
— Gregg Phillips (@JumpVote) November 11, 2016
Phillips has never provided any evidence of this claim or of what his “completed analysis” entails. My guess is it involves looking in the toilet after he takes a dump and then making stuff up based on that.
Reporters presses Spicer further, asking if Trump would launch an investigation into the supposed voting fraud.
Spicer had no response other than to meekly stammer, “Maybe we will. We’ll see where we go from here.” This is Washington speak for “Please just let me make my bulls**t claims in peace and never ask me about it again.”
At that point the Press Secretary ran out of the room and tried to wash the evil off himself in the shower like Eva Green did in “Casino Royale” after she’d just seen James Bond choke a man to death with his bare hands.*
*Ok not really but he should have.