For the past week I have been reading and hearing that Donald Trump’s claim he would have won the popular vote but 3 – 4 million illegal votes prevented him from doing so is “a lie” (lost count of how many times) that has been “thoroughly debunked” (ditto).
With that in mind, here is the beginning of Rowan Scarborough’s article for the Washington Times:
Hillary Clinton garnered more than 800,000 votes from noncitizens on Nov. 8, an approximation far short of President Trump’s estimate of up to 5 million illegal voters but supportive of his charges of fraud.
Political scientist Jesse Richman of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, has worked with colleagues to produce groundbreaking research on noncitizen voting, and this week he posted a blog in response to Mr. Trump’s assertion.
Based on national polling by a consortium of universities, a report by Mr. Richman said 6.4 percent of the estimated 20 million adult noncitizens in the U.S. voted in November. He extrapolated that that percentage would have added 834,381 net votes for Mrs. Clinton, who received about 2.8 million more votes than Mr. Trump.
If Mr. Richman is correct, there’s about 1/4 of what Donald Trump was talking about right there.
And if that is true, how many votes were cast through other means – like, for example, exploiting dead people still on the roles, or people registered in more than one state?
Put another way, this means Donald Trump did not lie. At worst, he exaggerated – and we’ve never heard a President do that, have we?
Personally, I think that Donald Trump was – lamentably – in full barroom loudmouth mode when he made the 3 – 4 million claim.
But that does not mean there is no validity to the premise that illegal votes – maybe a great many of them – were cast in 2016.
If media ever get around to acknowledging that voter fraud might take place – instead of simply, dutifully, parroting the absurd claim that it is virtually nonexistent, which no one in his or her right mind actually believes (including the people making that claim), let me know.
And let me know if and when they decide to operate as neutral journalists instead of the #craponTrumpdaily brigade.
I doubt it will be anytime soon.