Donald Trump seems obsessed with the fact that he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton. In particular he keeps claiming (including to Congressional leaders on Monday) that he would have won the popular vote but for millions of illegal votes cast by undocumented aliens, even though multiple investigations have found no evidence of voter fraud.
Wednesday, Trump doubled down, tweeting (in two consecutive tweets):
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!
It is very curious that Trump mentioned first “those registered to vote in two states”, because his top advisor Steve Bannon last year registered to vote in three different places (Dade and Sarasota counties in Florida, and Manhattan in New York City) in less than 3 months, and is still registered in both states. In addition, Trump’s daughter Tiffany is registered to vote in two states.
But it gets even crazier. After the presidential election, Trump’s own campaign blocked recount requests by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, saying in a court filing “All available evidence suggests that the 2016 general election was not tainted by fraud or mistake.”
So which is it? Because if Trump keeps claiming voter fraud, that may well open the door to further investigations into Russian meddling in the election. And unlike Trump’s claims, there is lots of evidence for that.