A hallmark of being a Republican is that facts are subjective and can be skewed to fit whatever narrative is required in the moment. This is particularly true of the Republican’s standard bearer President Donald Trump who creates his own reality out of thin air. Trump’s penchant for spinning reality was on display for all to see during his first official meeting with Democratic and Republican leaders.
Trump invited members of both parties to a reception at the White House under the guise of mapping out his vision of where he wanted to take the country during his time in office. However, before Trump got down to the business at hand, he spent the first ten minutes of the meeting babbling incoherently by blaming his popular vote loss to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on the votes of illegal immigrants, as he is wont to do.
Trump asserted, without a shred of evidence, that had it not been for 3 to 5 million illegal immigrants voting in the election he’d of crushed Clinton in the popular vote. This line by Trump is easier for him to swallow than the obvious reality that the far majority of Americans chose not to vote for him. When one lives on the approval of others as Trump does, like it is the oxygen he breathes, a series of excuses placing blame on everyone but himself is preferred to the truth which is 2.8 million more people voted for Clinton.
The comments from Trump were not a surprise to those who have been following his maniacal past ramblings on the subject. Shortly after the election Trump first tweeted out the whopper he continues to tell:
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
Back in November Politifact rated Trump’s statement as “pants on fire” for the same reason it is still a lie today; there is no evidence to substantiate his claim. The only media source to confirm Trump’s statements has been the dubious right-wing “InfoWars” who claimed to have a report from “VoterFraud.org.” Such a report does not exist. An individual named Gregg Phillips claimed, via Twitter, to have “completed analysis of database of 180 million voter registrations. Number of non-citizen votes exceeds 3 million. Consulting legal team.”
Completed analysis of database of 180 million voter registrations.
Number of non-citizen votes exceeds 3 million.
Consulting legal team.
— Gregg Phillips (@JumpVote) November 11, 2016
We have verified more than three million votes cast by non-citizens.
— Gregg Phillips (@JumpVote) November 13, 2016
When Phillips was pushed to provide the evidence for his claims he said back in November that he is not releasing the information because he still has data to analyze. What a gas, the only source to confirm Trump’s claims can not provide an ounce of verification. One is left to draw their own conclusions, and if one were betting on which were true they could guess on what side all of the money would be wagered.
Despite the election having been analyzed and dissected in the months since its conclusion, which showed Trump’s statements to be patently false, he continues spewing the same line of nonsense. Unfortunately for Trump, facts matter, and he will continue to find himself and his lies justifiably mocked and ridiculed until he learns that he can’t lie his way out of reality.
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.