President Donald Trump and his team have found themselves the objects of scorn and ridicule over their assertion that Trump would have won the popular vote had it not been for the votes of millions of illegal immigrants committing voter fraud.
An increasingly unhinged Trump has offered an even more ludicrous explanation as to how he came to this conclusion.
Trump invited members of the House and Seate to the White House State Dining Room for a reception. While greeting them he droned on endlessly about why he knows voter fraud was rampant in the election, and entirely against him and not Secretary Hillary Clinton. Did Trump offer analytical data which was compiled from around the nation? Did he offer volumes of reports of voter fraud from various polling places? Did he, perhaps, describe intelligence he had received in a top secret briefing? No. Instead Trump offered a story he heard, second hand, from a foreign professional golfer as his mystical source of information about voter fraud.
The great liar-in-chief recounted a tale allegedly told to him by “the very famous golfer Bernhard Langer.” According to three different attendees who all told the exact same story Trump said Langer, 59 and a two-time Masters champion, who is a German citizen, told him he was standing in line at a polling place on election day in Florida. Then, Trump says, Langer told him he was told was not going to be able to vote by a polling place official. Langer found himself being removed from line when Trump claims Langer observed other individuals in line who “did not look as if they should be allowed to vote.” Langer walked away from the polling place and went home.
When members of the media reached out to Langer to gain confirmation that this conversation ever took place Langer’s daughter answered the phone and said, “He is not a friend of President Trump’s and I don’t know why he would talk about him.” Furthermore, Langer is a German citizen and does not have the ability to vote in the election so even if he was removed from the line it was the correct action to take.
But wait, it gets worse. When confronted by Langer’s disavowing of Trump a senior White House staffer, who spoke anonymously, said he heard Trump tell the story and that Trump was recounting the tale which Langer told him that had happened to somebody Langer knew. And Trump, being the genius he is, ate up Langer’s unverified story about his unknown friend, and used it as justification to spew the point that millions of illegal immigrants had voted in the election. That is the best scenario which can be pieced together, and that is if one believes the conversation ever took place — which Langer’s family denies ever did.
Previously Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer was laughed out of the room when he was asked why Trump continued to claim he would have won the popular vote and he replied, “The president does believe that. He has stated that before. I think he’s stated his concerns of voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign. He continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence that people have presented to him.”
And now it all makes sense. The “evidence that people have presented to him” was based on a story that probably never happened and was never actually told to Trump, which has made him call for a “major investigation” into voter fraud. This absolute stupidity is too much for a comedic writer to muster out of their imagination, let alone to be real life. Yet, here we are only in Trump’s first week of his presidency wondering just where the bottom of his ignorance is located and it is tragically clear we’ve a long way yet to go down into the dark abyss.
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.