President Trump on Monday accused Google of manipulating the 2016 US election in favor of his democratic rival Hillary Clinton, citing a conservative judicial activist site that frequently makes false accusations and spreads conspiracies against Democrats.
“Wow, Report Just Out!” the president tweeted.
“Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought!” he added.
Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2019
The president’s tweet did not include a link to the “report” he cited in his post, although he did tag the right-wing organization Judicial Watch in the tweet.
Since his 2016 electoral victory, Trump has frequently pushed the false claim that millions of votes were illegally cast during the election.
Trump was able to win the presidency by garnering a majority of the country’s Electoral College votes, but lost the popular vote to Clinton by nearly three million votes.
The chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Monday doubled down on her call for Trump to stop making claims of election fraud unless he can show evidence it happened.
“Facts matter, and people of America need to be able to believe what their leaders tell them,” Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat, said on CNN’s “New Day.”
Weintraub during the interview defended a letter she sent to Trump on Saturday demanding he provide evidence to support his claim that he would have won New Hampshire’s electoral votes in 2016 if not for voter fraud, or stop repeating the accusation.
“It is damaging to our democracy to spread information that … is baseless. There is no evidence of rampant voter fraud in 2016 or really in any previous election,” she said.
“People have studied this, academics have studied this, lawyers have studied this, the government has studied this, Democrats have studied this, Republicans have studied this, and no one can find any evidence of rampant voter fraud either historically or particularly in the 2016 elections,” she added.
"There is no evidence of rampant voter fraud in 2016," says FEC chair Ellen Weintraub. "To be suggesting to people that if the candidate they choose doesn't win, that it's because of fraud, that undermines our democracy."https://t.co/ACJVwMUV7u pic.twitter.com/9eXaEB6NZm
— New Day (@NewDay) August 19, 2019