Appearing on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was asked about President-elect Trump’s claim that in addition to winning the electoral vote, he would have won the popular vote if it hadn’t been for the millions of people voting illegally.
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
Paul responded by giving his experience with voter fraud, and while he does believe it definitely exists, he’s not sure he can believe it’s happening in the millions.
“I don’t know what to say about something I don’t have a lot of information about,” said Paul. “And I don’t think there are millions of people that are voting illegally.”
“I think there is concern, and what I think we need to do probably as we move forward…that maybe being more public with the way our checks and balances work,” continued Paul.
Paul is probably more correct than not. While Trump’s claim is likely exaggerated, voter fraud is definitely an issue. One need only look at the story of True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht to understand that it’s not only happening, there are groups with vested interests in ensuring that it continues.