CNN: Trump Supporters Cite Facebook in Pointing to Widespread Voter Fraud
CNN and the White House are debunking the claim coming from Trump supporters that the only reason Trump lost the popular vote is due to 3 million ballots being cast by illegal immigrants.
The Hill reports:
Trump supporters on why they think 3M “illegals” voted –> “You could find it on Facebook”pic.twitter.com/7IFYoiYlg9
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) December 1, 2016
Supporters of President-elect Donald Trump are pointing to stories circulated on Facebook in explaining why they believe there was widespread voter fraud during the presidential election, despite a lack of evidence.
CNN “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota was surprised during a segment early Thursday when one female Trump supporter said 3 million people voted illegally in California, adding that she saw the news on CNN.
“Voting is a privilege in this country, and you need to be legal — not like in California, where 3 million illegals voted,” the female Trump supporter said. “I believe that, in California, illegals voted.”
When asked where she heard the news, the woman said, “From the media. Some of them were CNN, I believe. It was coming all across the media.
“I think there was a good amount. Because the president told people they could vote, and it happened in Nashua. … We caught some people and they said, ‘The president said I could vote; I’m here illegally.’ ”
Another woman then said, “Google it, you can find it on Facebook.”
CNN gathered several individuals who identify themselves as longtime Trump supporters and have been interviewed on the network in the past.
Camerota challenged the supporters, asking if they truly believed there had been widespread voter fraud in the millions. At the end of the interview, the supporters said, “Yes.”
Trump, who trails rival Hillary Clinton in the popular vote by more than 2.3 million votes, tweeted unsubstantiated claims of fraud earlier this week. He claimed that he would have won the popular vote if it weren’t for millions of illegal voters.
He later tweeted that there was serious voter fraud in three states Clinton won: California, New Hampshire and Virginia.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest has since told reporters that “there has been no evidence produced to substantiate a claim like that.”
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