President Donald Trump again failed to supply evidence to back up false claims that millions of people illegally voted in the U.S. election, this time during an interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Sunday.
The segment, which ran on Fox Sports just ahead of the Super Bowl, was part of a larger interview in which O’Reilly raised a slew of news events, including the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch, the fallout from the president’s anti-immigration executive order, and Trump’s continued insistence that the election results were skewed, despite widespread evidence to the contrary.
“Is there any validity to the criticism of you that you say things that you can’t back up factually?” O’Reilly asked the president, who responded:
Well, many people have come out and said I’m right, you know that. And it doesn’t have to do with the vote, it has to do with the registration, and when you look at the registration and you see dead people that have voted, when you see people that are registered in two states that voted in two states, when you see other things, when you see illegals, people that are not citizens and they’re on the registration rolls.
Look, Bill, we can be babies. But you take a look at the registration, you have illegals, you have dead people, you have this. It’s really a bad situation, it’s really bad.
But the president did not point to any actual evidence of people voting in two states, votes being cast in the names of dead people or undocumented immigrants voting.
Experts and government officials have overwhelmingly rejected the notion that voter fraud is rampant across the U.S., yet news outlets report that the president has continued to insist otherwise to Congress, to the public and to the press. The numbers of allegedly fraudulent votes that he has claimed, between 3 and 5 million, closely mirror the margin by which Hillary Clinton won the popular vote.
O’Reilly pressed Trump on the issue, asking if the president would be “proven correct” in his allegations.
“Well, I think I already have. A lot of people have come out and said that I am correct,” Trump replied.
“Well, the data has to show that 3 million illegals voted,” O’Reilly said.
“Forget that, forget all of that,” Trump retorted. “Just take a look at the registration and we’re going to do it, and I’m going to set up a commission to be headed by Vice President Mike Pence and we’re going to look at it very, very carefully.”