Trump White House Threatens To Go All In On Voter ID Laws

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer suggested Wednesday that voter ID laws may be a solution to the alleged massive election fraud that President Donald Trump has baselessly suggested cost him the popular vote.

“Congressman Todd Rokita of the Vice President’s home state of Indiana, himself a former secretary of state, is the father of that state’s voter ID law, which went to the Supreme Court,” a reporter asked Spicer at his daily briefing. “He has long advocated other states following the Indiana example, all states adopting voter ID. Is that something the president would get behind?”

“I think the President’s number one goal is to make sure that we, I mean, Georgia is another great example of a state that implemented a very successful voter ID program,” Spicer said. “And I think that’s what the president’s—one of several things, but the first step is for him to get this, I don’t want to call it a task force yet because it’s not there yet, but this effort under way that can look at the scope of the problem.”

Spicer said that such an effort would make recommendations to the President on the solution to his invented problem.

“Maybe it is voter ID in states,” he said. “Right now we’ve got 50 states in the territories that all have various different IDs and I know that there’s some compliance issues to make sure, but part of that is to figure out the extent of the problem. In some states what it takes to get a driver’s license might be an issue.”

Trump announced in a series of tweets Wednesday morning that he will order a “major” investigation into alleged voter fraud, a myth which has been widely and extensively debunked.

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