Is President Trump Backing Away from False Claim of 3 Million Illegal Votes? VP Pence to Head Commission

WaPo on the fuller Bill O’Reilly interview:

“It has to do with the registration,” he continued. “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 — and that voted in two states — when you see other things, when you see illegals, people that are not citizens and they are 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.”

O’Reilly pressed: “But the data has to show that 3 million illegals voted” for Trump to be right, O’Reilly said.

“Forget that,” Trump replied. “Forget all that. 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 carefully.”

“Forget all that” is about as close as Trump gets to acknowledging he was wrong to claim that millions of illegal ballots tainted an election in which he lost the popular vote. He is basically asking voters to pretend that what he really meant all along is that registries often contain inaccuracies.

As for having a commission headed by VP Pence, that would not meet the markers I’ve set out for a fair and impartial examination of voter fraud and voter suppression issues in the 2016 elections.

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