Pence and Priebus defends Trump’s claim that millions voted lllegally
And they’re selling their souls in the process.
Donald Trump’s vice-president-elect and his chief of staff on Sunday defended the president-elect’s false claim that millions of people voted illegally in November’s election, saying it was “refreshing” and “possible”.
…There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud, and the US’s decentralized system, which cedes election authority to state and city governments, makes a “rigged” election a virtual impossibility.
Nonetheless Reince Priebus, the incoming White House chief of staff, told CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday he believed it was possible that millions of people voted illegally, with state officials and nonpartisan election monitors either oblivious or permissive.
“It’s possible,” he said. When host John Dickerson pressed Priebus over Trump’s false claim, he insisted: “I don’t know if that’s not true.”
Priebus refused to say if the presidency was an appropriate platform from which to spread rumors and false news.
“I think he’s done a great job,” he said. “I think the president-elect is someone who has pushed the envelope and caused people to think in this country. He’s not taking conventional thought on every single issue.”
Vice-President-elect Mike Pence also defended Trump’s tweet, telling the host of ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos: “I don’t know that that is a false statement, George, and neither do you.”
Pressed on the lack of evidence for Trump’s claim, Pence said: “He’s entitled to express his opinion on that.
“I think the American people find it very refreshing that they have a president who will tell them what’s on his mind. He’s going to say what he believes