CNN’s Alisyn Camerota challenged a panel of Trump supporters to demonstrate the president’s claims about illegal voting — and they couldn’t do it, but they still believed him.
The “New Day” co-host convened the same focus group of Trump voters she’s spoken with over the past year, and five out of six of them gave the president an “A” grade for his first two months.
The lone holdout, Billy Baer, gave President Donald Trump a “B,” because he doesn’t give out the highest grade — but he saw the election win as a repudiation of conventional wisdom.
“It was like people were laughing in his face — literally laughing in his face — about the prospect of him being elected,” Baer said. “He got elected, and we don’t know, as far as the votes and fraud and everything else. My assumption is that he probably would have been elected by a higher number than what the results actually showed.”
Camerota asked whether he believed 3 million to 5 million illegal votes were cast, and Baer said he personally saw busloads of out-of-state voters come into New Hampshire.
“When you say you’ve seen it, do you mean dozens or do you mean 3 million? There’s a difference,” Camerota said.
Baer conceded he hadn’t seen 3 million illegal voters, but Camerota reminded him that’s the number Trump has claimed.
“Extrapolating, based on the number I’ve seen with my own eyes, busloads of people coming in — whether they’re illegal, meaning they came into the country illegally, or they’re illegal voters — they came over from Massachusetts into New Hampshire,” Baer said.
Camerota pressed Baer to explain how he saw “busloads and busloads” of illegal voters, and another panelist broke in to say it didn’t matter.
“Who cares, though?” asked Josh Youssef, another Trump supporter.
“I care,” Camerota said. “Just to be clear, you saw it with your own eyes, busloads and busloads of people coming from somewhere other than New Hampshire to vote. You saw that?”
Baer claimed he had seen such activity, and he said Youssef had, as well — but the second man admitted he hadn’t actually seen multiple busloads of illegal voters.
“I’ve seen cars coming in from out of state that are full, with out-of-state plates — I live right across the street from the polling place in my ward,” Youssef said.
Youseff admitted he couldn’t prove voter fraud because those out-of-state vehicles might have carried legitimate voters, and Baer’s claims also fell apart under scrutiny.
“Yeah, I guess that I can’t cite the busloads that I’ve seen and where I’ve seen them, but on television I’ve seen it,” Baer said.
Trump voters give the president a grade after his first months in the White House https://t.co/KuQFSDlrCV
— New Day (@NewDay) March 30, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
Former Fox & Friends co-host Clayton Morris flees the US as he faces two dozen lawsuits
Facing more than two-dozen lawsuits alleging he committed real estate fraud, former "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Clayton Morris has reportedly fled the United States, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Morris, who previously resided in a $1.4 million home in New Jersey, moved his family to a coastal resort town in Portugal, the newspaper reported, citing a Facebook post from his wife.
Morris's wife and business partner, former MSNBC anchor Natali Morris, told the IndyStar that she and her husband plan to continue fighting the lawsuits from abroad.
Trump defenders argued his latest tweets weren’t really racist — but he just completely undercut their arguments
If you try to defend President Donald Trump, you will always end up having the rug pulled out from underneath you. It's a law of nature.
And yet, so many of the president's allies have failed to learn this simple lesson. So when Trump launched a new attack at progressive Democratic lawmakers that was one of his most obviously racist smears, inevitably, some of his defenders tried to deny the obvious truth.
His screed attacked a group of women who have come to define the left wing of the Democratic caucus, which includes Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Talib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (MA). Though only Omar is an immigrant (she was a refugee from Somalia as a child), Trump seemed to assume all four women of color weren't born in the United States, and most egregiously, he suggested they should "go back" to other countries:
UK prime minister hopefuls slam Trump tweets — but refuse to call them racist
The two candidates vying to become Britain's next prime minister both condemned on Monday US President Donald Trump's xenophobic tweets about progressive Democrat congresswomen as "totally offensive" and "totally unacceptable".
But front-runner Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt refused to call the tweets racist when pressed to do so during their last debate before next week's announcement of who will succeed Prime Minister Theresa May.
May's spokesman had earlier said that the outgoing leader's view was that Trump's comments were "completely unacceptable".
On Monday Trump doubled down on a series of his tweets from the day before urging the four congresswomen of colour to "go back" to the countries they came from.