Senator Lindsey Graham:
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Tuesday called on President Trump to stop claiming voter fraud cost him the popular vote in the 2016 election.Speaker of the House Paul Ryan:
Graham implored Trump to admit that there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in his election and that those who voted did so legally.
“So I am begging the president, share with us the information you have about this or please stop saying it,” Graham said.
House Speaker Paul Ryan reiterated Tuesday that he’s seen “no evidence” of rampant voter fraud during the 2016 election.In case you've forgotten, Paul Ryan's the Republican who called Trump a racist. I wonder how Paul Ryan gets through these meetings. Imagine having to bow and scrape to an orange man you've already labeled as a racist. All for party unity.
The Wisconsin Republican’s remarks came one day after President Donald Trump told Ryan and other congressional leaders during a private White House meeting that he lost the popular vote only because 3 million to 5 million “illegals” voted.
“I’ve seen no evidence to that effect. I’ve made that very, very clear,” Ryan told reporters at the Capitol, reiterating his position on Trump’s claim of mass voter fraud.
Back to Trump's lie. Press Secretary Scott Spicer (remember, he's the guy who lied about the size of Trump's inaugural crowd size) reiterated Trump's lie with "supporting studies" that don't actually support what Trump said.
Meanwhile, how Trump deals with truth is just as frightening. From Reuters:
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the climate change page from its website, two agency employees told Reuters, the latest move by the newly minted leadership to erase ex-President Barack Obama's climate change initiatives.I wonder how long we'll be able to read the science from NOAA. For example this fact ("fact" as in "a statement supported by empirical evidence") about 2016:
The employees were notified by EPA officials on Tuesday that the administration had instructed EPA's communications team to remove the website's climate change page, which contains links to scientific global warming research, as well as detailed data on emissions. The page could go down as early as Wednesday, the sources said.
With the contribution of eight consecutive high monthly temperature records set from January to August, and the remainder of the months ranking among their five warmest, 2016 became the warmest year in NOAA's 137-year series. Remarkably, this is the third consecutive year a new global annual temperature record has been set.Erasing the evidence won't change the reality - no matter how much you want to depend on "alternative facts."
Repeat after me: Alternative facts are not facts. They're falsehoods.
We're not even a week into the Trump administration and they're bathing in falsehoods.