COMMENTARY: Stop Calling Trump a Liar


After only one week in office, President Trump is being labeled a liar by the mainstream media. For example, they are calling him a liar for suggesting that millions of illegal votes were cast in the 2016 election. Trump has said he lost the popular vote because millions of undocumented immigrants voted for Hillary Clinton. Every article I have read on the subject refers to Trump’s suggestion as a “false claim,” a “lie,” or simply “delusional.”

Trump’s claim has long been “debunked,” said CNN. “President Trump used his first official meeting with congressional leaders on Monday to falsely claim that millions of unauthorized immigrants had robbed him of a popular vote majority,” said the New York Times. “The claim has been judged untrue by numerous fact-checkers. Voting officials across the country have said there is virtually no evidence of people voting illegally, and certainly not millions of them.”

Well blow me down if a study conducted by Old Dominion University, appearing in Electoral Studies journal, didn’t conclude that between 38,000 and 2.8 million non-citizens voted in the 2008 election. “Some non-citizens participate in US elections,” the study revealed, “and this participation has been large enough to change meaningful election outcomes including Electoral College votes.” A 2012 Pew study claimed that millions of voter registrations were invalid and that more than 1.8 million dead people were registered as voters. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged that voter fraud does happen. “The notion that election fraud is a fiction is not true,” said McConnell.

The studies have been brushed aside by critics who say the results are not conclusive about the exact number of illegal voters. While that may be true, the studies nevertheless legitimize the argument that the problem exists. The president is correct to call our attention to the problem, and he is correct that it should be investigated. We need to know if Trump is correct about voter fraud. Pretending that it is a “false claim” does a disservice to the public.

Since he arrived on the political scene a year ago, Trump’s opinions on a variety of issues were repudiated at first by the media only to be vindicated as facts came to light. An example is Trump’s insistence that the election polls were biased and inaccurate. After relentless attacks by the media, it turned out that he was right after all. Does this matter to the Left? Not one iota. Calling Trump a liar is part of a concerted effort by the Democratic Party and its media allies to undermine his presidency.

Fortunately, two developments are slowing down the attacks. First, the public is becoming more sophisticated in recognizing that the big liar in the room is actually the media itself. After all the falsehoods circulated during the election, the media has a lot of catching up to do if they want to reclaim their reputation for telling the truth.  The second development is that we have a president who is no shrinking violet. Unlike George W. Bush, who allowed the media to portray him as a boob, we can count on Trump to defend himself with vigor. This is one Trump characteristic that is considered neurotic by the Left. I love it.

Copyright © 2017 Ed Brodow. All rights reserved.

Ed Brodow

Ed Brodow is a negotiation expert, political commentator, and author of In Lies We Trust: How Politicians and the Media Are Deceiving the American Public.

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