And another L for Donald Trump.
After it was revealed Hillary Clinton had won the popular vote by nearly 2.9 million votes, the current president immediately blamed fraud for his big ol’ loss. Trump has since continued to make baseless claims that at least 3 million people—a rather convenient estimate—had voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election. And he’s also convinced every single one of those votes went to his opponent.
Though there is no data to support these arguments, the president has repeatedly cited a man named Gregg Phillips, a "voter fraud expert" who claims to have proof that millions of people committed voter fraud last November. Well, in a hilarious and gratifying turn of events, it’s been discovered that Phillips was registered to vote in not one, not two, but three states during the last election.
According to records obtained by the Associated Press, Phillips was listed on the rolls in Alabama, Texas, and Mississippi. It’s a terrific example of what Trump believes cost him the popular vote.
The AP discovered Phillips was registered as Gregg Allen Phillips in Alabama and Texas, as well as Gregg A. Phillips in Mississippi. The matching Social Security number, date of birth, and prior address provided confirmation.
The AP points out that Phillips only voted in Alabama in 2016 election. His status was “inactive” and suspended in Missisppi and Texas, respectively; however, officials in both states said he could’ve easily voted by providing an ID and updated information.
Despite what Trump is leading many people to believe, being registered to vote in multiple states is not a form of voter fraud; however, casting multiple votes is. The fact that Phillips is part of the group that Trump wants to investigate is both unexecuted and delightful. Twitter couldn't get enough.