The Politex Report #1221

Trump Uses Vote Fraud Lies As Excuse to Suppress Dem States' Votes

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"During his sole press conference as president-elect, on January 11, Donald Trump seemed to promise more favorable treatment for states that had voted for him in the election. “We focused very hard in those states and they really reciprocated,” he said. “And those states are gonna have a lot of jobs and they’re gonna have a lot of security. They’re going to have a lot of good news for their veterans.” Already, on day 5 of his administration, there are signs of just how red and blue states—and more broadly, areas that voted for Trump as opposed to those that did not—might receive disparate treatment from the federal government.

During Wednesday’s White House briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked about Trump’s false claim that millions of fraudulent votes cost him a victory in the popular vote. After that lie was ridiculed Tuesday, Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning that he would order a “major investigation” into voter fraud. But the claim is not just unsupported by any evidence—it was contradicted by his own campaign lawyers, who argued there was no evidence of fraud when Green Party nominee Jill Stein sued for a recount in some states. Why should anyone believe him now?

Spicer’s answer was stunning.

“There’s a lot of states that we didn’t compete in where that’s not necessarily the case,” he said. You look at California and New York, I’m not sure that those statements were—we didn’t look at those two states in particular … I think when you look at where a lot of places where a lot of these issues could have occurred in bigger states, that’s where I think we’re going to look.”

Here’s a shorter way to put that: Spicer is saying that Trump will target only states that voted Democratic for his investigation of fraud."

--Trump's 'Voter-Fraud' Investigation Targets States That Opposed Him - The Atlantic https://t.co/aTKvQUgi3N

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Tyrant Trump's plan to probe city voting rolls is really a plan to further diminish 2010 minority voting, Dems fear. (7th story down) https://t.co/STl2VRS0Wg

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Trump calls for 'major' probe into his unsubstantiated vote fraud claims https://t.co/Qqd2kW67qa

Trump’s “Curveball” moment: His “voter fraud” investigation is apparently based on one unsubstantiated tweet https://t.co/qfmwMalJGT

Useful Idiot: Trump’s Delusion About Voter Fraud Is Very Helpful to the Vote Suppressive GOP https://t.co/MIwobtq6BE

In private meeting, Pence vows ‘full evaluation of voting rolls’ over claims of fraud - WP https://t.co/cFjKJDDjvl

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By Using Racial Insinuation in false story about golfer, Trump Abandons the Republican Secret Code of 'Voter Fraud' https://t.co/YYCDU4v8Ra

Trump’s unfounded voter fraud theory was fueled by his lies about German golfer Bernhard Langer - WP https://t.co/HXnawm185f

German Golfer Bernhard Langer says he saw no voting fraud, never talked to Trump, never tried to vote in Florida NYT https://t.co/UpyfUdixjx

Trump’s Voter Fraud Example? A Trump Tale of Lies About German Citizen Bernhard Langer. NYT https://t.co/YjYCwWhwmA

Intelligence Community of One: Trump Cites Anecdote of Lies as Vote-Fraud Proof https://t.co/svA0oHvUIt

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Election fraud: Donald Trump falsely claims 'millions' of illegal votes cost him popular vote - CNN https://t.co/3dSZQtpy2P

Now President, Trump Once Again Lies About Why He Lost Popular Vote https://t.co/SILFt8olDA

The Boy Can't Help It: Trump Repeats Lie About Popular Vote in Meeting With Lawmakers - NYT https://t.co/en6QwetCgk

John Nichols: Trump is so rattled by illegitimacy that he falsely claims illegal votes cost him popular vote. https://t.co/U20PowPJYQ

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Trump Embraces Debunked Conspiracy Theorist to Promote Illegal Vote Conspiracy Theory. NYT https://t.co/STl2VRS0Wg

Trump latches to a questionable source in VoteStand app (Scroll down to 6th story) . https://t.co/STl2VRS0Wg

A Debunked Vote-Fraud Claim Gets the Debunked Trump Seal of Approval. NYT https://t.co/pLBA6ZGLGO

Trump's voter fraud expert owes US more than $100,000 in unpaid taxes https://t.co/RxBF5bKwE3

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Calling Out a Presidential Lie: Take his position on "Voter Fraud." Atlantic https://t.co/s9aIg9vZZc

More Trump Deception on Voter Fraud. Fact Check https://t.co/fimZr6o5NJ

Here is the Proof that Trump is Indeed Lying about Illegal Voting | Mediaite https://t.co/KODPh5XMOP

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Lie House Press Sec. Defends Trump's Bogus Allegations of Voter Fraud With More Bogus Allegations. Mojo https://t.co/0sKRmcvrMY

Sean Spicer wrongly uses Pew study to bolster claim that non-citizens vote in large numbers | PolitiFact https://t.co/S8LhziYjgn

Lie House says Trump’s false claim of voter fraud is his ‘long-standing belief’ - WP https://t.co/g7mRCpHTrY

‘Stop lying’: Internet crushes Presser Spicer for repeating Trump’s bogus voter fraud conspiracy. RS https://t.co/BqqwfvSF35

Trump camp’s repeated use of dubious sources on voter fraud - WP https://t.co/qPOH4CKU09

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Donald Trump accuses top aide, cabinet pick, own daughter of voting fraud: https://t.co/3Mmlzp04JQ https://t.co/UahX2No58E

It turns out Jared Kushner and Sean Spicer are also registered to vote in two states - WP https://t.co/rjKYdUoeyQ

Trump cabinet nominee Steven Mnuchin also registered to vote in two states - CNN https://t.co/HuGR9gvEQs

After being outed by media re Trump's idea of "voter fraud," Trump white supremacist Lie House advisor warns media. https://t.co/tCpySjZcgx

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Lindsey Graham to Trump: Stop Claiming 'Illegals' Cost You Popular Vote - NBC News https://t.co/njORgbd96K

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