Yesterday, Donald Trump used his first official meeting with congressional leaders to repeat the assertion that illegal voters cost him the popular vote. Today, Project Vote’s president, Michael Slater, had this response:
“Donald Trump proved himself a serial liar on the campaign trail, and he continues to cling desperately to untruths now that he is in the White House. His inability to accept facts, and his administration’s deliberate, aggressive campaign of misinformation, undermine the legitimacy of the presidency, and threaten not only our democracy but the well-being of the American people.
“This particular lie—for which there is no evidence, and which has been debunked by numerous sources—serves two purposes, both of which should make every American extremely nervous. First, it demonstrates that the highest office in the land is being held by a man more concerned with bolstering his fragile ego than engaging with the real problems facing the American people. Second, it allows Mr. Trump to lay phony groundwork about ‘illegal voting,’ in order to support an aggressive and unprecedented legislative campaign of voter suppression.
“Lying on the campaign trail is one thing, but pathological dishonesty in a president becomes state-sponsored propaganda, and is a recipe for totalitarianism. The American people must continue to reject Trump’s false narratives, and we must hold our representatives accountable if (and when) they begin writing dangerous legislation based on obvious lies.”
Project Vote is a national nonpartisan, non-profit organization dedicated to building an electorate that accurately represents the diversity of America’s citizenry. Project Vote takes a leadership role in nationwide voting rights and election administration issues, working through research, litigation, and advocacy to ensure that every eligible citizen can register, vote, and cast a ballot that counts.
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