‘This is Fake News’: Obama Says ‘This Whole Notion of Voting Fraud’ Has Been ‘Disproved’
While speaking about racial divisions during his final press conference as president, Barack Obama hit back at efforts to make voting more difficult while stating that concerns surrounding voter fraud are misplaced and akin to fake news.
In the midst of answering a question about race relations in this country, POTUS stated that “we are the only country in the advanced world that makes it harder to vote than easier.”
He added, “We have an ugly history to that, that we should not be shy about talking about.” When a reporter asked if that was voting rights, he answered in that affirmative.
After highlighting that this stems from Jim Crow, the outgoing president then railed against the argument that there is widespread voter fraud that needs to be stopped.
“This whole notion of election — voting fraud,” Obama exclaimed. “This is something that constantly has been disproved, this is fake news. The notion that there are a whole bunch of people out there who are going out there and not eligible to vote and want to vote. ”
POTUS went on to say that we have the “opposite problem” and that we have a whole bunch of people who are eligible to vote but don’t due to many barriers placed. He also brought up gerrymandering that creates noncompetitive races.
Shortly after winning the election, President-elect Donald Trump claimed he would’ve won the national popular vote if millions of people hadn’t voted illegally.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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