No, let’s not ‘let it go.’ How much research did the Mainstream Media do before assuring us there’s ‘no vote fraud’ in America?
With more data now in hand, we return to the self-confident assertion of Michael Grunwald of the leftist/globalist Web site Politico, who wrote on Jan. 27 (at http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/01/president-trump-week-one-first-administration-214699 ):
“At a White House reception on that very busy Monday” (Jan. 23), “Trump told befuddled congressional leaders that he lost the popular vote in November only because 3 million to 5 million undocumented immigrants cast fraudulent ballots. This was rank baloney. Although Spicer . . . incorrectly claimed a Pew study found massive voter fraud in the past, in fact, the study had nothing to do with voter fraud, which other studies have found virtually nonexistent in the U.S.”
A few days before, in an otherwise unrelated Jan. 24 news story about President Donald Trump signing executive orders to put back on track some major oil pipelines (purposely stalled by the anti-American Barack Obama in his ongoing effort to cripple America’s energy industry), The Associated Press similarly couldn’t help themselves, adding:
“Yet even as Trump moves to implement his agenda, he is still making false claims.”
(Note this was again in a supposedly “straight news” story — not identified as a “commentary” or “opinion” piece -— credited to The AP’s Darlene Superville, Ken Thomas, Erica Werner, Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin. And the same assertion was repeated in other AP stories filed from Washington that same date. Listen:)
“During a reception with lawmakers at the White House Monday evening,” (Jan. 23) “Trump claimed the reason he’d lost the popular vote to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton was that 3 million to 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally had voted,” The AP writers reported.
“There is no evidence to support Trump’s claim. He made a similar statement on Twitter in late November that he had won the Electoral College in a ‘landslide’ and ‘won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.’ Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 2.9 million votes but lost the electoral contest.
“Trump’s assertion appears to be part of a continuing pattern for him and his new administration in which falsehoods overshadow his outreach efforts,” the AP writers concluded.
“Falsehoods.” Pretty strong stuff.
Barack Obama spent his term of office lying like a rug about all kinds of stuff. He “barely knew” Bill Ayers the unrepentant police-station bomber (in whose living room “community organizer” Barry’s curious political career was launched), or those Acorn vote-fraud people . . . who’d invited him back repeatedly to lecture them on how to do it “The Saul Alinsky Way.” Under ObamaCare we’d be able to “keep our doctor and our plan” if we wanted. All the bailout funds would go to “shovel-ready jobs” . . . though he later admitted there “are no shovel-ready jobs.” You can go compile your own list; I still find it too depressing.
So did The AP hand crypto-Muslim B. Hussein Obama a big Pinocchio Nose as a going-away present? Work to get him impeached for all his “falsehoods” that they labeled with that word and reported so diligently? Use that word a lot when Hillary Clinton swore there was no classified State Department material on her private, easily hackable laptop? Not that we noticed.
And once again, please note The Associated Press on Jan. 24 did not say “Trump may be exaggerating the number of illegal aliens who cast illegal ballots, the precise number of which has not yet been firmly established.”
No, no. They accused the president of uttering a “falsehood,” which is to say a “lie,” clearly implying NO substantial or significant or measurable number of illegal aliens — or legally resident non-citizens who are equally ineligible to vote in our elections — cast illegal ballots in the 2016 American presidential election . . . clearly asserting EVERY VOTE of Hillary Clinton’s “2.9 million popular vote majority” was valid and untainted.
Following along, so far? OK.
Yet at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/feb/15/nearly-2-million-non-citizen-hispanics-illegally-r/ , Rowan Scarborough of The Washington Times reported on Feb. 15: “A large number of non-citizen Hispanics, as many as 2 million, were illegally registered to vote in the U.S., according to a nationwide poll.
“The National Hispanic Survey provides additional evidence for use by anti-voter fraud conservatives and bolsters an analysis by professors at Old Dominion University who say non-citizens registered and voted in potentially large numbers.
“President Trump has announced he will appoint a task force on voter fraud headed by Vice President Mike Pence. He says he wants the investigation to focus on inaccurate voter registration rolls, which are maintained by the states and the District of Columbia.
“‘It is a fact and you will not deny it, that there are massive numbers of non-citizens in this country who are registered to vote,’ White House adviser Stephen Miller told ABC News. ‘That is a scandal. We should stop the presses.’”
The little-noticed Hispanic survey was conducted in June 2013 by McLaughlin and Associates to gauge the opinions of U.S. resident Latinos on a wide range of issues.
Inside the poll a page was devoted to voter profiles. Of the randomly selected sample of 800 Hispanics, 56 percent, or 448, said they were non-citizens, and of those, 13 percent said they were registered to vote. The 448 would presumably be a mix of illegal immigrants and noncitizens who are in the U.S. legally, such as visa holders or permanent residents.
Multiplying through by the number of Hispanics in the country (which may result in too LOW a number, since one imagines many of those registered to vote illegally might shy away from responding honestly to such a question) the McLaughlin and Associates results show that as many as 2 million non-citizen Hispanics had illegally registered to vote in the United States by 2013.
Which leaves out the many NON-Hispanic illegal aliens living in the United States, of whom the number who have illegally registered to vote remains unknown.
Yet Michael Grunwald of Politico insists voter fraud is “virtually nonexistent in the U.S.”
These statements can’t BOTH be true. Where is Mr. Grunwald’s evidence?
And “There is no evidence to support Trump’s claim” that 3 million to 5 million immigrants” — many HERE illegally -– “voted illegally,” The Associated Press insists.
OK. Where did the AP writers LOOK to see if there’s any evidence? It takes a pretty exhaustive search to conclude there’s NO evidence — none AT ALL.
MORE THAN THREE MILLION
Have they checked http://phibetaiota.net/2017/02/gregg-phillips-three-million-illegal-votes-data-backs-up-assertion-by-donald-trump-analytics-algorithms-and-hundreds-of-millions-of-data-points/ , where Gregg Phillips reports his groups, AutoGov and TrueTheVote, have now verified more than three million votes were cast last November, illegally, by non-citizens?
“I recently became Internet famous for a tweet . . . after having been identified as the source for a similar tweet by President-elect Trump,” Phillips writes.
“Twitter blew up. . . . Thousands of trolls, bots and haters beat those drums accusing me of all manner of atrocity. Several went so far as to say they would kill me if I released the numbers.
“At first, I thought I had cut deep into a long-standing narrative that voter fraud doesn’t exist and non-citizens don’t vote. I quickly realized I had cut all the way to the bone of these myths. . . .
The new narrative, Phillips asserts, has become a question: “How big is the problem?”
“In my opinion and based on my methodology, more than three million non-citizens voted. . . .
“In 2009, a group of volunteer election integrity researchers formed by True the Vote began the tedious process of gathering and updating voter registration records, augmenting them with voting records and geocoded addresses,” Phillips explains. “The database now contains in excess of 180 million up-to-date records.
“In an amazing effort best described as brute force, thousands of TTV’s citizen volunteers analyzed records that resulted in thousands of duplicate records and registrations of dead people being removed from the rolls. In addition, TTV volunteers identified thousands of instances where individuals voted more than once.
“AutoGov, a technology company I founded, partnered with True the Vote in 2013. The result of this partnership is a technology solution to analyze the nation’s voter registration records to quickly and easily verify identity, residency, non-citizens, citizenship, age, duplicates, dead and felon status in real time.
“Comparing these registrations to voting records has produced results so troubling, I decided now was the time to speak out. . . . In one study done in 2015 with more than 20,000 federal voter registrations, 42 percent of the registrations were so flawed they could not be recommended for inclusion in the voter rolls.
“Forty-two percent. Stunning. . . .
HUNDREDS IN OHIO, FOR STARTERS
“Eligible citizens don’t vote for two primary reasons — they don’t like the candidates and they don’t trust the election system. If we were concerned with non-voting citizens, we would research the reasons people don’t vote and seek to remedy those factors. . . . There is an incongruence between the concerns that people don’t participate and the denials that fraud exists. The American people are not stupid. They know something is wrong and therefore don’t trust the election system, staying home by the millions. . . .
“(That) we don’t verify identity, residency, age, citizenship and felon status is silly in an age when we can buy a car on the internet simply by placing our thumb on the home button to place a secure order,” Mr. Phillips asserts.
“Mexico, whose (sic) election system is considered by many observers as a best practice combines citizen involvement with IDs linked to ballots. No ID. No vote. Blockchain, the same technology used to secure bitcoin transactions, is a promising solution currently in use in places like Estonia. The technology secures transactions (ballots) with a high level of security and produces a transparent and verifiable result.
“These are solutions that people can trust. Voting percentages in Mexico and Estonia are very high.”
Meantime, the Daily Caller reported Feb. 28 at http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/28/hundreds-of-non-citizens-registered-to-vote-in-ohio-investigation-finds/ :
“Hundreds of non-citizens are registered to vote in Ohio and some have even cast ballots, a state investigation of its voter rolls reveals.
“According to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, his office has identified a total of 821 non-citizens registered to vote in the Buckeye State since 2011 — 126 of whom voted in at least one election,” writes reporter Caroline May.
That’s at least 126 illegal votes in one important “swing state” alone . . . out of 50 . . . found so far.
So how can Michael Grunwald of Politico say voter fraud is “virtually nonexistent in the U.S.”? And how can Erica Werner and the rest of the gang at The Associated Press insist “There is no evidence to support Trump’s claim” that 3 million to 5 million immigrants” – many HERE illegally – “voted illegally”?
How hard have they LOOKED for such evidence? I mean, they just accused the President of the United States of LYING. Shouldn’t their editors require a pretty high burden of proof — erect a pretty high hurdle — for such a statement? Unless of course, their agenda now is simply to try and discredit anything and everything Donald Trump and his administration says and does, in hopes of reversing the results of last November’s election. Is that it?
Five AP reporters were credited on that Jan. 24 story. AP reporters are supposedly drawn from newspapers all over the country. So out of the five, what would you guess — that two voted for Donald Trump? One? Surely their editors wouldn’t allow an important story about the Trump White House to be cobbled together by a team of five who ALL hail from blue states between Boston and Washington, who ALL voted for Hillary Clinton . . . do you think?
ROSA MARIA ORTEGA
“But Vin, if people are voting illegally, why aren’t they being caught and arrested and jailed?” you ask.
Well, for starters, congressional Democrats not only oppose and block efforts to LOOK AND SEE how many people cast illegal ballots, they’ve actually worked to PREVENT simple and systematic solutions -– such as demanding proof of U.S. birth or other proof of citizenship upon registration, and demanding to see a photo ID when a vote is cast -– claiming this would “suppress the black vote” because people with dark skin are too stupid to figure out how to get a photo ID.
But in fact, people ARE now getting caught.
On Feb. 11, Fox News reported at http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/02/11/mexican-woman-in-texas-sentenced-to-8-years-in-prison-for-voter-fraud.html :
“A Mexican citizen living in Texas was sentenced this week to eight years in prison for voting illegally in elections in 2012 and 2014.
“Rosa Maria Ortega, 37, was found guilty Wednesday on two counts of illegal voting after she falsely claimed to be a United States citizen and voted at least five times between 2012 and 2014.
According to Fox 4 News, Ortega’s identity came into question after she tried to register to vote twice in Tarrant County. Both applications were denied.
She had voted in five elections in Dallas before her registration was canceled in April 2015.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton -– for whom Ortega voted in 2014 –- assisted in the prosecution.
“This case shows how serious Texas is about keeping its elections secure, and the outcome sends a message that violators of the state’s election law will be prosecuted to the fullest,” he said.
According to the New York Times, Ortega was born in Monterrey, Mexico and brought to the U.S. by her mother as an infant. More than a decade later, her mother was deported and Ortega became a permanent resident alien.
Ortega testified she didn’t understand the differences between the rights granted to citizens and the rights granted to legal residents.
“All my life since I worked, I always on my knowledge thought I was a U.S. citizen because I never knew the difference of U.S. citizen and U.S. resident,” the felon told Fox 4. “And the point is if I knew, everything would’ve been the correct way.”
But the Dallas News reported that prosecutors showed that Ortega has checked a box on her driver’s license form indicating she was not a citizen.
Yet the Dallas County election administrator said in 2015 Ortega filled out a voter application and checked that she WAS a citizen.
In addition to the long prison sentence, Ortega is likely to be deported, according to her lawyer, Clark Birdsall.
“She’ll do eight years in a Texas prison,” he told the Times. “And then she’ll be deported, and wake up blinking and scratching in a country she doesn’t know.”
Victor Skinner of The Illinois Review reported Feb. 11 at http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2017/02/illinois-illegal-alien-charged-after-voting-in-multiple-elections.html :
“Federal officials seem to be taking President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration as seriously as he is.
“As U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was worn into his new post Thursday, U.S. District Court Magistrate Eric Long was arraigning an illegal immigrant in Urbana, Illinois for several counts of voter fraud, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
“The 33-year-old Mexican national, Miguel Valencia-Sandoval, allegedly used a fake identity for years to vote in the 2012, 2014, and 2016 elections, and to open bank accounts, take out car loans, and open restaurants.
The scheme seemed to be working well until a trip to Mexico last month, when Valencia-Sandoval was detained as he attempted to cross back into the U.S. with a Texas birth certificate and Illinois ID card with the name Ramiro Guerrora Vaszuez.”
Wow! But Michael Grunwald of Politico says voter fraud is “virtually nonexistent in the U.S.” And Jonathan Lemire and the rest of the gang at The Associated Press insists “There is no evidence to support Trump’s claim” that 3 million to 5 million immigrants” — many HERE illegally — “voted illegally” last November. What’s going on?
MARGARITA DEL PILAR FITZPATRICK
We even know HOW millions of illegals get registered to vote. It’s thanks to Bill Clinton’s 1993 “Auto Fraudo” bill, which lying Democrats prefer to call “Motor Voter”:
Logan Churchwell of Breitbart News reported Feb. 14 at http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/02/14/noncitizen-faces-deportation-illegal-voting-getting-drivers-license/ :
“A Peruvian woman originally hoping to become a naturalized citizen in Illinois now faces deportation after her record of illegal voter registration and casting ballots for federal candidates has come to light.
“Margarita Del Pilar Fitzpatrick, a Peruvian woman married to an American citizen in Illinois, became registered to vote at a driver’s license issuing office in 2005, according to court records.
“She presented a valid green card and passport from her home country to satisfy the identification requirements to obtain a license. Because of guidelines under the National Voter Registration Act (a.k.a. Motor Voter), the DMV employee reflexively offered Fitzpatrick the opportunity to register to vote, despite her documented alien status.
“Having studied English in college and working as a translator in the medical field, Fitzpatrick reportedly questioned the state employee if she was ‘supposed to’ register. The DMV agent responded, ‘It’s up to you.’ The woman would later sign a document attesting to U.S. citizenship, allowing her to become a fully registered voter, reportedly casting ballots for federal candidates in 2006.
“Federal law currently bars noncitizens from voting in federal or state elections, potentially leading to deportation.
“Fitzpatrick’s voting record would likely have remained unnoticed had she not pursued citizenship and self-reported her registration experience.
“In the waning days of the Obama Administration, Fitzpatrick appealed her deportation order to the U.S. 7th Circuit in Chicago, arguing that the DMV employee essentially entrapped her for not counseling against registering to vote. The appellate court placed little stock in her defense, noting that she was fully literate in English and the conversation was likely scripted from the state officer’s perspective.
“DMV employees and other state agents that are required to offer voter registration opportunities are barred from saying ‘anything that will discourage an applicant . . . from registering to vote,’ the court noted.”
Which would indicate they offer an opportunity to register -– and are then FORBIDDEN BY LAW from pointing out it’s illegal for a non-citizen to do so -– to MILLIONS OF PERSONS INELIGIBLE TO VOTE, EVERY YEAR . . . wouldn’t it?
We already detailed, back on Jan. 24 ( http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=4562 ) how the Culinary Union in Las Vegas pressures its tens of thousands of member busboys and hotel maids and other hotel/casino employees to register and then to vote (which can be done in Las Vegas with a casino employee card along with a water or power bill to show place of residence, no proof of citizenship required), irrespective of whether they’re in this country legally or can even speak English — even busing them to “early voting” locations and handing them a free box lunch to “encourage” them to vote en masse for the union’s chosen Democratic slate.
The Culinary Union “represents over 55,000 hospitality workers in Las Vegas and Reno” — most in Las Vegas/Clark County, and brags those workers “come from 167 countries and speak over 40 languages.”
Yet in none of their self-congratulatory announcements about registering 34,000 members to vote do union officials mention any difficulties or frustrations growing out of the fact many of their members aren’t citizens, or express any curiosity as to why (assuming all those they registered WERE citizens — wink wink, nudge nudge) those union members weren’t ALREADY registered to vote.
Vox reported Clinton won Nevada last November “thanks to her ability to mobilize Latinos and encourage early voting. . . . As many as two-thirds of Nevada voters voted early in 2016,” and “by the end of early voting, Democrats had a 65,000 to 70,000-vote advantage in Clark County,” thanks in part to a last-minute decision by election officials to “keep voting open at a Mexican supermarket in Las Vegas so hundreds of would-be voters could make it through a two-hour line.”
I have no problem with holding the polls open to allow everyone in line to vote — presuming they’re legal voters. But those early votes being “already in the bag” dulled the effect of Trump’s final-week surge in Nevada opinion polls, finally allowing Clinton to hang on and beat Trump in Nevada by 27,000 votes, 539,260 to 512,058 . . . though the Democrat carried ONLY the two counties where the Culinary membership is concentrated, Clark (Las Vegas) and Washoe (Reno.)
Is there any reason to believe Democrat unions behave any differently in other states with high populations of illegal aliens? Is there any reason to believe Nevada wouldn’t have gone for Trump if tens of thousands of illegal aliens had been rounded up and deported — or at least asked for proof of citizenship before being allowed to register and vote?
Does any of this help convince you voter fraud must be “virtually nonexistent in the U.S.,” as asserted by Michael Grunwald of Politico, or that “There is no evidence to support Trump’s claim” that 3 million to 5 million immigrants – many illegal – voted illegally, as The Associated Press insists?
Election law expert J. Christian Adams said in a statement shortly after the 7th Circuit ruling that the case “demonstrates how difficult it is to pursue noncitizen voting crimes without verification measures in voter registration.”
States including Texas and Virginia are currently considering legislation that would require documented proof of U.S. citizenship when registering to vote, similar to current law in Kansas.
The 7th Circuit panel inquired if individuals like Ms. Fitzpatrick were priorities for removal by the Department of Homeland Security. Government attorneys told the court on Jan. 17 that “the answer was yes.”
Which, in the end, may be the only way we’re going to solve this problem: by DEPORTING the Democratic party’s 3-million popular vote majority, given that it’s . . . illegal.
AN UNHAPPY CONCLUSION
Sunday Feb. 12 on ABC’s “This Week,” Trump senior advisor Stephen Miller said the White House had provided “enormous evidence” to make a case there was a “serious problem” of voter fraud in American elections.
Miller said “I actually, having worked on a campaign before in New Hampshire, I can tell you that this issue of busing voters into New Hampshire is widely known by anyone working in New Hampshire politics. It’s very real, very serious. This morning, on this show, is not the venue for me to lay out all the evidence. I can tell you this — voter fraud is a serious problem in the country. You have millions of people who are registered in two states, who are dead who are registered to vote. You have 14 percent of noncitizens, according to academic research, at a minimum, are registered to vote, an astonishing statistic.”
He added, “The White House has provided enormous evidence with respect to voter fraud, with respect to people being registered in more than one state. Dead people voting, non-citizens being registered to vote. . . . There are massive numbers of non-citizens in this country who are registered to vote.”
But how can that be, when Michael Grunwald of Politico says voter fraud is “virtually nonexistent in the U.S.,” and Jill Colvin and the rest of the gang at The Associated Press insists “There is no evidence to support Trump’s claim” that 3 million to 5 million immigrants voted illegally last fall?
Not merely that “the number may not be quite that high,” mind you. No, no. That “There is no evidence” — AT ALL — to support his “falsehood.”
Unless of course –- and I’ll admit I myself never would have believed this, as little as eight or 10 years ago -– unless it turns out that Politico and The Associated Press and most of the rest of the “Legacy” Mainstream Media are exactly what Donald Trump and his spokesmen have called them, no longer reporters striving to purvey accurate information, at all, but rather “The Opposition Party,” devoted agents of the Far-Left wing of the Democratic Party, a gang that sees itself melting away like the Wicked Witch of the West, with nothing left but to shriek that it’s all some kind of “Russian plot — Impeach him! He spoke to a Russian!” so desperate are they not to lose the 3-million-vote edge given them by all these illegals voting, which would mean that such media outlets, much as we may hate to face it, turn out to be . . . a bunch of liars, knowingly, smilingly “peddling falsehoods.”