Media already has verdict: There's no voter fraud
“[President] Trump has continued to claim – without any evidence – that there was massive voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election,” said the left-leaning folks at the Annenberg Public Policy Center on Thursday.
Politico said, “The president can investigate imaginary votes all he wants. His numbers don’t add up.”
At Slate was the headline, “Trump is planning a federal investigation into mass voter fraud, which does not exist.”
In the old legacy media, the verdict already is in: “There’s no evidence that widespread voter fraud happened, there never has been,” flatly stated Fox News’ Shepard Smith.
Without, of course, any evidence for his statement.
He cited no studies, investigations, audits.
Didn’t mention the oddities from previous presidential elections where there were more votes that than were people in some jurisdictions. Or the charges for vote fraud. Or the convictions.
But Smith’s recent comment typified what the old networks, newspapers and such are saying, in light of President’s Trump’s comments about widespread fraud that may have happened over the course of the 2016 election.
For example, ABC stated, “President Donald Trump and the White House are reiterating the unsubstantiated assertion that millions of people illegally cast ballots in the 2016 presidential election – a claim Trump first made after the election without presenting evidence.”
The New York Times joined in: “During a private meeting with congressional leaders on Monday, President Trump asserted that between three million and five million unauthorized immigrants had voted for his Democratic opponent and robbed him of a victory in the national popular vote. There is no evidence to support the claim. …”
And USA Today chorused, “President Trump continues to claim – without any evidence – there was massive voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.”
But those comments may shortly have to change, as, even while there’s word that President Trump may order an investigation into vote fraud, a separate organization has confirmed plans for a forensic audit.
Of actual, verifiable vote fraud in the United States.
True the Vote, the organization that infamously was targeted by the Obama Internal Revenue Service because of its conservation foundations, and fought the agency in court, has confirmed a study of the vote fraud problem already is beginning.
Citing its “comprehensive forensic audit” of the election results, officials with the organization said, “Our focus will include, but not be limited to, non-citizen voting, falsification of identity, double voting, mail-in ballot fraud, votes cast in the name of dead voters, and federal registration flaws.”