Updated on January 25 at 9:30 a.m.
Two and a half months after the 2016 election, Donald Trump is still concerned about voter fraud—even though he has yet to produce credible evidence to substantiate his claims. During a press conference on Tuesday, a reporter asked his press secretary, Sean Spicer, whether the president believes “millions” of people voted illegally in this election, as he reportedly claimed in a closed-door meeting with congressional leaders on Monday. That would be enough votes to erase Hillary Clinton’s margin, handing Trump a popular-vote lead to go along with his Electoral College victory.
“The president does believe that,” Spicer said. He “stated his concerns [about] voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign, and he continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence that people have presented to him.” Later, Spicer incorrectly claimed that a 2008 Pew Research Center study shows that 14 percent of people who had voted “were non-citizens.”
Then, on Wednesday, Trump announced via Twitter that he would be “asking for a major investigation into voter fraud”:
I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
While it may be Trump’s belief that voter fraud is a significant problem, there is no evidence to support that claim. Spicer is right that this isn’t a new issue for Trump—the Republican championed the topic on the campaign trail, right up until Election Day.