Jan. 25, 2017 – Statement of Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen
The fraud here is President Donald Trump. Trump’s claim that millions voted fraudulently in the last election is a lie. The claim that voter fraud is a significant problem in the United States is a lie.
Even worse, Trump’s call for a “major investigation” into nonexistent voter fraud is a fraud on democracy. It is the latest escalation of a voter suppression campaign designed to deter people of color and young people from registering and voting. That voter suppression, which denies vast numbers of Americans their democratic voting rights, does merit a full-fledged investigation, restoration of the Voting Rights Act and enforcement of the law.