During a tax reform discussion in West Virginia Thursday, President Donald Trump repeated an unfounded claim he has made many times: millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. The president failed to provide any evidence for his claim each time.
This time the president called out the state of California. Trump lost in California in 2016 and maintains a contentious relationship with the state.
“In many places the same person in California votes many times,” Trump stated.
They always like to say, ‘Oh, that’s a conspiracy theory.’ It’s not a conspiracy theory. Millions and millions of people, and it’s very hard because the state guards their records.”
And Trump was correct. He is being called a conspiracy theorist.
California Democratic Secretary of State Alex Padilla responded to Trump’s latest attack on the state, dismissing the President as “a conspiracy theorist.”
His dishonesty and his rants dishonor the thousands of local elections officials and volunteers who work hard to administer our elections with integrity,” the statement said. “Trump was even forced to dissolve his sham election commission, which was a waste of taxpayer dollars and failed to provide a shred of evidence to support his voter fraud lies.”