Trump administration press secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday tried to back up his boss’s claim that he only lost the popular vote thanks millions of “illegal” votes.
During his daily press briefing, Spicer was asked whether Trump actually believed that his loss in the popular vote to Hillary Clinton was due to at least 3 million people voting illegally — and Spicer replied that he did.
“I think he’s stated his concerns on voter fraud, and people voting illegally during the campaign,” Spicer said. “And he continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence that were presented to him.”
Despite this belief, however, Spicer says he’s not sure whether the Trump administration would investigate this massive voter fraud, despite the fact that it would amount to the biggest electoral scandal in American history.
Given that Spicer presented no actual evidence to back up his claims of widespread voter fraud — his only citation was of a 2012 study that did not actually demonstrate any evidence of voter fraud — the press secretary was widely panned across the web for once again being dishonest with the American public.
Some top Twitter reactions follow below.
"Unfortunately, due to an Executive Order signed earlier today, the FEC is not permitted to share those studies." https://t.co/uJpzCsfDfy
— Sigh Hersh (still a yianni d. fan) (@Ugarles) January 24, 2017
It must be hard to get info to Sean Spicer after the briefing what with him allocating 20 minutes for screaming into a pillow in his office
— Thornton McEnery (@ThorntonMcEnery) January 24, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
As if Sean Spicer couldn't get any worse, I find out he's a Patriots fan…
— Katie DonAngelo (@kdonangelo) January 24, 2017
— MaTT FLaMMaBLe (@MaTTFLaMMaBLe) January 24, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
Sean Spicer is lying about voter fraud. This is an assault on democracy and the very concept of “truth.” https://t.co/eprMDZ7EQc
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) January 24, 2017
How long can Spicer do this before he implodes from the cognitive dissonance? #C4NEWS
— Alex Klaushofer (@alexklaushofer) January 24, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
— Audra Cunningham (@AudraCunningham) January 24, 2017
REPORTER: So the president thinks it's possible that millions voted illegally?
SPICER: Anything's possible if you belieeeve *throws glitter*
— Melinda Taub (@MelindaTaub) January 24, 2017