by Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News
After continuous allegations during and after the elections, newly-elected President Donald Trump now says he plans on launching a major investigation into voter fraud in the 2016 election — where he won the electoral college, but lost the popular vote.
Just days into his presidency, Trump is now questioning the legitimacy of the election he won…
Trump won the November election with 306 electoral votes, but lost the popular vote to rival Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes (2.8 million).
The president tweeted on Wednesday morning, that he “will be asking for a major investigation into voter fraud, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal, and those registered to vote who are dead.”
He also said, “Depending on the results, we will strengthen up voting procedures..”
The Tweet came after Trump claimed, without evidence or proof, that he lost the popular vote to Clinton because of 3 to 5 million “illegals” voted last November.
US Press Secretary Sean Spicer floated the idea of an investigation into Trump’s unproven claim earlier this week.
“As I have noted several times now, he’s believed this for a long time, and I think he won fairly overwhelmingly so he’s not.”
“Maybe we will,” Spicer said, referring to an investigation.
Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, challenging Trump’s voter fraud claims, said, “Regarding Mr. Trump’s delusional statement that three to five million people voted illegally in the last election that is a total nonsensical statement.”
“He is sending a message to every republican governor in this country to go forward with voter suppression. The great political and democratic crisis we face now in this country is not voter fraud — it is voter suppression.”
Even former President Obama called these 3 to 5 million voter fraud allegations as “fake news” on his last press briefing.
“this whole notion of election voting fraud, this is something that has constantly been disproved. This is fake news,” said the 44th president. “The notion that there are a whole bunch people out there who are going out there and are not eligible to vote and want to vote. We have the opposite problem — we have a whole bunch of people who are eligible to vote, who don’t vote.”
Trump and Spicer offered no proof of massive voter fraud, and numerous studies have shown that voter fraud is rare in the US.
While a 2012 Pew Research Center study found that 1.8 million deceased people were listed as voters, and 2.75 million people were registered to vote in multiple states — there was no evidence found that illegal votes were cast.
The study shows that these are people who died before the elections, and were then purged from the list of voters.
The number of people registered in multiple states were largely due to the number of people who moved from one state to another as a result of mobility among younger voters.