Did millions of "illegals" allow Hillary Clinton to steal the popular vote? President Donald Trump thinks so.
At a Jan. 23 White House reception, the president reportedly told congressional leaders that, despite sweeping the election in the Electoral College, he lost the popular vote because millions of noncitizens illegally cast ballots, causing Clinton to win raw vote counts by 2.8 million, sources connected to the meeting told the Washington Post.
"We talked about different Electoral College, popular votes, going through the different ones," House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California said on Jan. 23, according to the Washington Post. "Well, we talked about going back through past elections. Everyone in there goes through elections and stuff, so everybody's giving their different histories of different parts."
At the beginning of the bipartisan reception, Trump spent roughly 10 minutes discussing his campaign and explaining that three to five million illegal votes skewed the results away from him, three sources confirmed.
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There are no verifiable facts supporting Trump's assertion, which he has spoken about on numerous occasions.
Election analyses have found virtually no confirmed voter fraud instances, and an author of one of the main studies cited by those alleging that undocumented immigrants skewed the election has said that the findings provide no conclusive evidence whether "the outcomes of these races were or were not in fact swayed by noncitizen participation."
Jesse Richman, a researcher for Monkey Cage, the Washington Post-hosted blog who investigated voter fraud and undocumented immigrants, wrote that people on both sides have "exaggerated" the study's findings regarding the 2016 election.
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"There are many on the left side of that debate who have relentlessly sought to discredit our results and want to push the level of estimated noncitizen participation to zero," explained Richman. "On the right there has been a tendency to misread our results as proof of massive voter fraud, which we don't think they are."
In attendance for Trump's conversation regarding noncitizen voting were party leaders such as House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, notes the New York Times. According to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Trump is working hard to "forge strong bonds with congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle" to bring swift progress to the American people.