The media is having a hard time adjusting to the reality of a Donald Trump presidency that does not follow the traditional rules of politics and decorum. Moreover, the brash personality of the 45th U.S. president makes it difficult to challenge some of his erroneous claims. The new president believes the things he says, according to his spokesperson Sean Spicer, even when they are wrong, and there are no facts to back them. A few journalists are trying their best to hold the new administration accountable, but it is not clear if their work will break through the noise.
On Monday, Mr. Trump falsely claimed that he lost the popular vote against Hillary Clinton in the November election by almost 3 million ballots because of 3 to 5 million “illegal” votes. The business mogul offered no proof to back up his statement, and his administration was forced to defend the lie at all cost and in the face of concrete evidence. Spicer said on Tuesday that the president had seen evidence and he believes what he stated. The only problem, there is no such thing.
CNN’s Jake Tapper, a respected journalist that some members of Hillary Clinton campaign once called a “d*ck,” is challenging the line being pushed by the administration.
Tapper explained: “Now, has there ever been voter fraud, any instances. Yes. Massive voter fraud, 3 to 5 million votes cast illegally in 2016? No. It’s simply not true.”
The claim of fraud is hurting the country and its democracy, but it is also damaging to the legitimacy that Trump is desperately seeking. If there were so many instances of fraudulent voting, the results of the election would have zero credibility.