President Donald Trump used an event on Thursday which was supposed to be about tax reform to rant about voter fraud, repeating his favorite false claim that millions of illegal voters cost him the popular vote.
Speaking at a roundtable on tax reform in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Trump claimed that Americans in California cast ballots “many times.”
“In many places, like California, the same person votes many times. You probably heard about that. They always like to say ‘oh that’s a conspiracy theory,’” Trump said.
“Not a conspiracy theory, folks. Millions and millions of people. And it’s very hard because the state guards their records. They don’t want to see it.”
Trump has previously claimed, without evidence, that he would have won the popular vote in 2016 if not for illegal ballots.
Trump also used the event to reiterate his controversial remarks from the launch of his presidential campaign that Mexicans are “rapists.”
“It’s amazing what other countries put into the [immigration] system,” the president said. “They don’t put their good ones. Remember my opening remarks at Trump Tower when I opened. Everybody said, oh, he was so tough. I used the word rape.”
“Yesterday it came out where this journey coming up, women are raped at levels that nobody has ever seen before,” Trump said, an apparent reference to a caravan of asylum-seekers, mostly from Honduras, who were heading north in Mexico. “They don’t want to mention that.”
Trump appeared to be signaling that the caravan was somehow responsible for the mass rape of women.