On Wednesday, the president abruptly dissolved his controversial commission meant to investigate alleged voter fraud that took place during the 2016 presidential election. There remains, quite simply, no real evidence in support of Trump’s continued claim that millions of people voted illegally for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but that didn’t stop the president from claiming that there is evidence for such anyway.
Thursday morning, Trump wrote on Twitter as follows:
‘Many mostly Democrat States refused to hand over data from the 2016 Election to the Commission On Voter Fraud. They fought hard that the Commission not see their records or methods because they know that many people are voting illegally. System is rigged, must go to Voter I.D.’
There are multiple issues with the president’s tweet.
For one, dozens of states, including ones led by Republicans, refused to hand over requested voter data to the president’s commission because they felt as though it infringed upon voters’ privacy. In other words, they have a well documented reason for their refusals and it’s not just some conspiracy to keep the truth from coming out, and it wasn’t just Democrats with these reasonable refusals, either.
Concurrently, there remains no evidence that “many people are voting” illegally, no matter how many times the president wants to assert otherwise. Trump has claimed as much since before the 2016 presidential election, using it as a strategy to prep his base for a potential loss, but he kept up with the claims after winning, using it to try and salvage views of him among members of his base after losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.