According to a report from the Associated Press, the man who President Donald Trump touted as a voter fraud expert was registered to vote in three states during the 2016 election.
Gregg Phillips pushed the false claim that 3 million people people voted illegally in 2016 — a claim that gained traction when Trump tweeted it from his official Twitter account. The AP reports that records show Phillips was listed on voter rolls in Alabama, Texas, and Mississippi, although he only voted in Alabama on Election Day.
Completed analysis of database of 180 million voter registrations.
Number of non-citizen votes exceeds 3 million.
Consulting legal team.
— Gregg Phillips (@JumpVote) November 11, 2016
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
We have verified more than three million votes cast by non-citizens.
— Gregg Phillips (@JumpVote) November 13, 2016
Look forward to seeing final results of VoteStand. Gregg Phillips and crew say at least 3,000,000 votes were illegal. We must do better!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2017
.@realDonaldTrump is accurate. Millions of illegal votes were cast.
We began work on this project in 2009.
Obamas DOJ covered it up.
— Gregg Phillips (@JumpVote) November 28, 2016
In early January, Phillips praised “an amazing effort” by volunteers of an organization whose board he sits on, who he said found “thousands of duplicate records and registrations of dead people.”
From the AP:
The AP found that Phillips was registered in Alabama and Texas under the name Gregg Allen Phillips, with the identical Social Security number. Mississippi records list him under the name Gregg A. Phillips, and that record includes the final four digits of Phillips’ Social Security number, his correct date of birth and a prior address matching one once attached to Gregg Allen Phillips. He has lived in all three states.
At the time of November’s presidential election, Phillips’ status was “inactive” in Mississippi and suspended in Texas. Officials in both states told the AP that Phillips could have voted, however, by producing identification and updating his address at the polls.
Doubling down on the fraudulent claims, Trump called for an investigation despite his campaign lawyer’s statement that the election was “not tainted.”
When the AP confronted Phillips on the revelations, he claimed ignorance, but asked, “Why would I know or care?”
“Doesn’t that just demonstrate how broken the system is?” he asked. “That is not fraud — that is a broken system. We need a national ID that travels with people.”
Phillips appeared on CNN’s New Day with Chris Cuomo last week and could not provide any evidence to back up his claims.
Watch the entire segment below:
Man behind claim of millions of illegal votes says it will be months before he can provide full evidence https://t.co/puQ7tCOpf5
— New Day (@NewDay) January 27, 2017
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