Donald Trump has confirmed he wants a “major investigation” into illegal voting in the 2016 US presidential election, despite a startling lack of evidence that it happened.
On Wednesday, he tweeted to say he intended to launch a probe into the matter.
Since his electoral victory, Trump and his team have continued to peddle the falsehood over voter fraud.
On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed that Trump had questioned the legitimacy of an election that crowned him the victor, citing two major studies.
“The president does believe that,” Spicer said of allegations of voter fraud. “He has stated that before.
“I think he’s stated his concerns of voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign and continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence that people have presented to him.”
But NBC looked into those studies and found that one had been widely debunked.
The other, from Pew, “found millions of out of date registration records due to people moving or dying, but found no evidence that voter fraud resulted,” the report’s author explained.
Trump himself told congressional leaders on Monday that “three to five million” undocumented immigrants cost him the popular vote by casting ballots for Hillary Clinton, according to HuffPost sources.
Clinton won the 2016 popular vote by close to 2.7 million ballots but the electoral college handed victory to Trump.
Even Trump’s Republican colleagues have cast doubt on his beliefs. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday there was “no evidence” of widespread voter fraud.
At his final press conference as president, Barack Obama described claims of widespread voter fraud as “fake news”.
Worryingly, voting experts told The Huffington Post UK last year that Trump’s paranoia over voting could affect legislation here.
In December it was confirmed the British government will trial voter ID requirements in 18 areas during local elections in 2018.
With additional reporting from Alana Horowitz Satlin.