President Donald Trump is still carping about the role that alleged “voter fraud” played in costing him the popular vote against Hillary Clinton last year.
After Trump mentioned voter fraud yet again during a meeting with congressional leaders this week, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that Trump really did believe that at least 3 million people voted illegally this past November, thus giving Clinton the edge in the final popular vote tally.
In reality, there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the United States, and the studies cited by the Trump administration to back up the president’s claims don’t actually deliver proof of such fraud.
Because of this, the panel at Morning Joe on Wednesday was aghast that Trump and his team keep bringing this up in public.
“The crowd size bit and the 3 million to 5 million illegal [voters] bit is all hinged on the fact that Donald Trump can’t stand hearing that, somehow, he’s not a legitimate president,” panelist Willie Geist said of Trump’s need to invent excuses for his low popularity.
Co-host Mika Brzezinski seemed particularly upset by Spicer indulging Trump’s voter fraud delusions, and she said it showed Trump had no one on his team who could level with him and make him face reality.
“His team can’t bear to tell him the truth,” she said. “That’s bad.”
Panelist Mike Barnicle pivoted off that and asked if there was anyone on his team who could tell him to stop complaining about petty slights and start acting like a normal president.
“Who tells him, ‘You are President of the United States?'” he asked incredulously. “You are the president — act like the president!”
Check out the full clip below.