In a biting segment Tuesday, CNN’s Jake Tapper railed into President Donald Trump’s claim that millions voted illegally in the 2016 election.
“The emperor has no facts,” Tapper began on the Lead, tearing into Trump’s “baseless conspiracy theory” that voter fraud handed the 2016 popular vote to rival Hillary Clinton.
“President Trump is claiming, and the White House is reaffirming, the fiction that millions of illegal votes were cast in the 2016 election,” Tapper said. “It is, empirically, a stunning allegation, one which the White House is providing no evidence.”
“And there’s a reason they’re providing no evidence,” he continued. “There is no evidence, it’s not true.”
Referring to Tuesday’s White House press conference, Tapper said it’s “interesting” that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer refuses to say whether he shares Trump’s belief.
“Now why would that be?” Tapper asked rhetorically. “Perhaps because there’s zero evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 election.”
“It’s simply not true,” Tapper continued. “In fact, if there were even a fraction of the voter fraud that President Trump is alleging, he would be derelict not to order a major investigation. It would likely require a vast conspiracy involving public officials all over the country, and would likely have had far reaching impact in other contests, tainting raises down the ballot, not just the presidential race.”
Tapper argued if Trump’s “beliefs” are true, Congressional leaders should hold hearings and trumpet “this injustice every single day.”
“Unless, of course, it’s not even remotely true,” Tapper said. “Which is of course the case.”
Watch the clip below, via CNN: