While the mainstream media makes for a great “villain” to be bashed by many on both the left and the right, I tend to be a little more understanding of why our major networks (especially cable news) do some of the rather frustrating things that they do. (Of course, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t called out a lot of their behavior on more than a few occasions.)
CNN’s Jake Tapper is someone I admire greatly. He works for one of the most infamous “punching bags” when it comes to people taking shots at the media, but Tapper’s someone I see as a bit of a “throwback” to the days of more straight-forward journalism and reporting. I’ve always found him to be fair and someone who’s willing to ask tougher questions that I feel need to be asked. He’s also been someone who hasn’t been afraid to call out many of the lies Donald Trump and those who work for him are constantly trying con the American people into believing.
For instance, on Tuesday a very serious Tapper lit into Trump’s continued insistence that the only reason he lost the popular vote was because “millions” of people voted illegally.
“The emperor has no facts,” Tapper began on the Lead, tearing into Trump’s “baseless conspiracy theory” that voter fraud handed the 2016 popular vote to rival Hillary Clinton.
“President Trump is claiming, and the White House is reaffirming, the fiction that millions of illegal votes were cast in the 2016 election,” Tapper said. “It is, empirically, a stunning allegation, for which the White House is providing no evidence.”
“And there’s a reason they’re providing no evidence,” he added. “There is no evidence — it is not true.”
Before moving on, I’d like to take a moment to address the absolute stupidity of this. For all intents and purposes, Donald Trump is trying to argue that in an election where he was declared the winner, the results should be nullified because, as he claims, “millions” of people voted illegally.
And why does he keep making this claim? Because his fragile ego can’t handle the fact that Hillary Clinton received 3 million more votes than he did. That is insecure to such an extreme level that I’m not exactly sure what to compare it to — I have never seen anything like it.
But that wasn’t all Tapper had to say.
“It’s simply not true,” Tapper stated. “In fact, if there were even a fraction of the voter fraud that President Trump is alleging, he would be derelict not to order a major investigation. It would likely require a vast conspiracy involving public officials all over the country, and would likely have had far reaching impact in other contests, tainting races down the ballot, not just the presidential race.”
If Trump’s claims were true, and 3-5 million people voted illegally (which I’d assume he’s claiming all went to Clinton), then why didn’t we see that impact on down-ballot races? If there were actually 3-5 million illegal votes cast just for Clinton, then we would have seen congressional Democrats in races they weren’t expected to win emerge victorious.
Furthermore, I find it rather hilarious that the low figure for the number of votes he claims were “illegal” just happens to be the exact number Clinton won by. If there were really this massive conspiracy to allow millions of people to illegally vote, then why wouldn’t the people behind it have made sure the number was much larger so that there wouldn’t have been any possible way for Trump to have won? Were they so skilled that they were capable of pulling off what would be the most elaborate conspiracy in human history, but they didn’t make sure that in key swing states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, Clinton would have had more than enough votes to easily win in those places? Not only that, but why would they have stacked these votes in states where Clinton stood no chance of losing? As the results of the 2000 and 2016 elections showed us, the popular vote means very little if you don’t win the required number of electoral votes, as well.
Though, without a doubt, the most asinine part of this claim is the fact that, if true, Trump’s literally arguing that his presidency might not be legitimate. Because if “3-5 million” people did vote illegally, being that we’d have no way to know how those “illegal” voters cast their ballot, those “illegal votes” could very well be the only reason why he “won.”
This is all so incredibly stupid.
However, since Trump is convinced of this crap, I decided to do my part and created a White House petition calling for the results of the 2016 election to be immediately nullified due to his claim that “millions of people voted illegally.” Because, if true, Donald Trump’s “win” might have come at the hands of voters that weren’t valid or legal.
Feel free to sign and share that petition by following this link.
Watch Tappers’s comments below via CNN:
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