Today is the day to pick on the Washington Post (because it ends with a “y”). Here WaPo is the quintessential example of press reaction to President Trump’s tweets that he will ask for an investigation into “VOTER FRAUD.”
I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
Mockery. Tut-tutting. Guffaws.
Trump continues to face scrutiny, along with some mockery, for insisting during a private reception with congressional leaders on Monday that there were between 3 million and 5 million ballots illegally cast in the election, allowing his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton to win the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes, although she lost the electoral college vote to Trump. The president and his aides have yet to provide any verifiable facts to back up his claim, and analyses of the election found virtually no confirmed cases of voter fraud, let alone millions.
The press keeps saying that the claims are unsupported, unverified, and at the same time, debunked.
They cite others who say there’s no evidence.
“We are not aware of any evidence that supports the voter fraud claims made by President Trump, but we are open to learning more about the administration’s concerns,” the National Association of Secretaries of State said in a statement.
Well, which is it? Is it that there’s no evidence, or that there’s evidence, and it’s debunked? Or is it that there’s evidence and the press doesn’t like it? Or is it that unless this is Russian hacking that supports the assertion that Trump stole the presidency, they don’t want it investigated? (Bing, bing, bing!)
But there is some evidence that at least some non-citizens have voted illegally. It could be a substantial number. The problem is that these non-citizens tend to either use stolen identities, or otherwise conceal the fact that they’re illegal.
This is proven by a 2013 study published in the journal Demographic Research, which compared Census Bureau survey data on citizenship to the number of naturalized citizens recorded by the U.S. Office of Immigration Statistics. The study found that certain major groups of immigrants—including Mexican men of all ages, Mexican women aged 40 and older, and immigrants who have been in the U.S. for less than five years—frequently misrepresent themselves as citizens.
As a worst-case example, the study found that “the number of naturalized Mexican men with fewer than five years of U.S. residence is nearly 27 times higher” in the Census data than the number recorded by the Office of Immigration Statistics. In other words, only about 4% of Mexican men who claim to be citizens and have been in the United States for less than five years are actually citizens.
There’s also plenty of anecdotal evidence from law enforcement.
Appearing on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” retired ICE Special-Agent-In-Charge Claude Arnold spoke of how easy it is for illegal immigrants to get forged documents in America — the popular option being a “three-pack,” which includes a counterfeit work authorization card, drivers license and Social Security card.
The going rate for a three-pack ranges from $120-$300 and can be acquired the same day as purchased, Arnold explained.
Illegal immigrants can then register to vote and many do, he added.
“I’ve worked in six locations across the United States. I’ve probably arrested more than a thousand illegal aliens in my career and I routinely encounter people in possession of voter registration cards.”
Regardless of whether you believe the evidence, you cannot argue that certain groups like La Raza certainly promote the idea of illegals voting.
The pro-amnesty Hispanic activist organization the National Council of La Raza helpfully promoted a Washington Post article explaining which states people can vote in without having to use a photo ID.
“Voter ID laws are at-issue across the country, with newly Republican-controlled legislatures having passed them in numerous states after the 2010 election,” explained The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake. “Most states still request some form of ID, but don’t require it. Another 20 states don’t require identification. In case you’re wondering where your state is at in all of this, a helpful (sic) graphic from the Post’s graphics team.”
The Obama administration consistently refused to make the slightest effort to investigate any claims of voter fraud. They claimed, without verifiable evidence, may I add, that illegal voting is simply not a problem. Then they pushed to ensure that no–even reasonable–countermeasures to prevent it from becoming a problem should be put in place.
Up to Obama’s last day in office, he continued to promote the fact that any barrier to anyone (legal or not) voting was unacceptable to him. (He, with rather disgusting smugness, linked it specifically and exclusively to Jim Crow and slavery as if that were the only possible explanation.)
There’s absolutely zero reason that anyone should oppose Trump requesting an investigation into what Obama refused to even consider. That is, unless someone is afraid of what the investigation will find.