President Donald Trump has frequently tried to assert that his losses in certain states in the 2016 election were due to voter fraud — specifically suggesting that undocumented immigrants were taking part in our democracy, or that others were voting more than once, without providing any evidence toward his claims.
In a speech last week in New Hampshire, while touting the need for voter ID laws in his mind, Trump again made the assertion that his loss in the state in 2016 wasn’t due to voter preferences, but rather voter fraud — a point that neither he nor the White House has backed up with evidence as of yet.
“New Hampshire should have been won last time, except we had a lot of people come in at the last moment, which was a rather strange situation,” Trump said, per reporting from USA Today. “Thousands and thousands of people coming in from locations unknown.”
These kinds of statements don’t sit well with many elections experts — including the current chair of the Federal Elections Commission, Ellen Weintraub.
"There is no evidence of rampant voter fraud in 2016," says FEC chair Ellen Weintraub. "To be suggesting to people that if the candidate they choose doesn't win, that it's because of fraud, that undermines our democracy."https://t.co/ACJVwMUV7u pic.twitter.com/9eXaEB6NZm
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On Monday morning while partaking in an interview on CNN’s “New Day” program, Weintraub blasted the president over his statements, pointing out that research has been conducted on both sides of the aisle, with neither being able to definitively prove Trump’s views.
“There is no evidence of rampant voter fraud in 2016, or really in any previous election,” Weintraub explained, per reporting from Newsweek. “People have studied this. Academics have studied this. Lawyers have studied this. The government has studied this. Democrats have studied this. Republicans have studied this, and no one can find any evidence of rampant voter fraud either historically or particularly in the 2016 election.”
Weintraub added that the type of rhetoric that Trump is engaged in can do untold damage to the legitimacy of our elections.
“To be suggesting to people that if the candidate they choose doesn’t win, that it’s because of fraud, that undermines our democracy,” she explained.