Trump Brings Back Unfounded Voter Fraud Claims: ‘Not a Conspiracy Theory’


President Donald Trump used his Thursday afternoon roundable on tax reform to bring back his unsubstantiated thoughts on voter fraud in America — one of his favorite conspiracy theories.

While speaking to attendees of the event in White Sulphur Springs, WV, Trump claimed some voters in California cast their vote “many times.”

“In many places, like California, the same person votes many times. You probably heard about that. They always like to say ‘Oh, that’s a conspiracy theory,’” Trump said. “Not a conspiracy theory, folks. Millions and millions of people. And it’s very hard because the state guards their records. They don’t want to see it.”

This is far from the first time the president has regurgitated the outrageous conspiracy theory pushed by far-right sites like Breitbart News and Project Veritas.

Trump has previously said, without evidence, that there is massive voter fraud in the U.S. Trump has also claimed, without presenting any proof, that he would have won the popular vote in 2016 if not for illegal ballots.

Trump, in January, disbanded a controversial commission meant to investigate his claims of voter fraud during the 2016 election, after the panel had been plagued with lawsuits and state refusals to agree to the commission’s requests. While his questionable voter fraud commission was disbanded early this year amid issues with uncooperative states, that hasn’t stopped him from tweeting about the subject.

“Many mostly Democrat States refused to hand over data from the 2016 Election to the Commission On Voter Fraud. They fought hard that the Commission not see their records or methods because they know that many people are voting illegally. System is rigged, must go to Voter I.D,” posted Trump in January.

He continued in a second tweet: “As Americans, you need identification, sometimes in a very strong and accurate form, for almost everything you do…..except when it comes to the most important thing, VOTING for the people that run your country. Push hard for Voter Identification!”

Watch above, via CBS.

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