President Snowflake continues to insist that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally (and for his opponent) in the election, despite the complete absence of evidence of widespread voter fraud. Still, Trump cannot accept that he legitimately lost the popular vote, and he repeated his lie about voter fraud at his first official bipartisan meeting with congressional leaders yesterday—and today, his spokesman repeated these so-called "alternative facts" to the press, stating that Trump's illegal votes claim is "based on studies and evidence." As previously stated, there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud and "alternative facts" are facts that are not true, i.e. lies.

At a press briefing today, White House press secretary Sean Spicer defended Trump's lie that millions of undocumented immigrants voted in the 2016 election.

"The President does believe that, I think he's stated that before, and stated his concern of voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign and continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence people have brought to him," Spicer said, adding, when asked for evidence, that Trump "has believed that for a while based on studies and information he has."

But Spicer didn't bother bringing any evidence of that voter fraud to the table, I wonder why that might be.

Hm.

Indeed, if widespread voter fraud is such an issue, why hasn't the government bothered looking into it?

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!

Can we get a fact-checker in here?

Indeed, repeated studies have shown no evidence of major voter fraud in American elections, and a report put out by the Brennan Center in 2007 found voter fraud rates fell between 0.00004% and 0.0009%. "Given this tiny incident rate for voter impersonation fraud, it is more likely, the report noted, that an American will be struck by lightning than that he will impersonate another voter at the polls," the report stated.

Spicer did vaguely refer to a study that, according to him, determined that 14% of people who voted were non-citizens, but the only published study that seems to come close to that assertion was one from 2014, which found over 14% of non-citizens in 2008 and 2010 "indicated that they were registered to vote." That study also found only 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008, but noted their sample size was so small, the results of the study could be incorrect.

The primary author of the Pew report to which Spicer appears to have been erroneously referring tweeted this today:

It is, actually, quite difficult to commit voter fraud, as Trump himself should know:

Bernie Sanders, who REALLY REALLY REALLY needs to wake us up from this nightmare in which he is not president, responded:

But this is Trump's America, where the highest governing body will stare you in the face and tell you your red shirt is a blue dress. Crying voter fraud is a good way to make room for stricter voter ID laws, which will favor the GOP in the next few elections. It's a good way for Trump to claim he has a mandate, even as millions of people take the streets to oppose him. It's a good way for the White House to remind us that facts, truth, and reality don't matter anymore, and that we should be grateful for the smallest droplets of information our new overlords leak, that's all we're gonna get, enjoy it now, little lambs!

And, of course, it's a good way for the oversized toddler in the Oval Office to soothe himself when the Crooked Media and Whiny Libtards don't fall over themselves congratulating him on his impressive achievements. Buckle up, kids, it's going to be a long, four years of misdirection, misery, and temper tantrums from the Executive Branch.

Update 5:37 p.m. CNN's Jake Tapper addressed the White House's claims of widespread voting fraud on The Lead today, noting, "There is a reason they are providing no evidence. There is no evidence." See below, and stay tuned for the kicker: