Hillary Clinton Received 800000 Votes From Non-Citizens

Casey Mills
January 28, 2017

Richman, an associate professor at Old Dominion University, found his work tangled up in Trump's latest effort to support his unsubstantiated claim that millions of illegal ballots were cast in November - the reason Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by almost 3 million. "I wish he'd stop citing my research, frankly", he said.

During a press briefing on January 24, Spicer was asked what evidence Trump had to back up his claims that millions of illegal votes caused him to lose the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.

"I think he stated his concerns of voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign and I think he continues to maintain those beliefs because of studies and evidence people have presented to them", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a press conference. "I don't know what the status of that is, I know it is a lot of very serious stuff, but I certainly hope so", Trump said in the Oval Office.

Spicer got it all wrong, according to Richman.

"First of all, he's confusing our study with another study, and then he's flipping ours around and exaggerating the most extreme estimates from it", Richman told The Virginian-Pilot.

There was no such Pew study. But the study did not say anything about voter fraud.

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However, Richman rejects Trump's theory, stating in his paper that it was "not at all plausible that non-citizen votes account for the entire nation-wide popular vote margin held by Clinton". "There's one that came out of Pew in 2008 that showed 14 percent of people who voted were noncitizens". That's 14 percent of all non-citizens.

Those figures sound alarming, but Richman pointed out that non-citizens are just a fraction of the US population, at about 20 million adults.

In reality, Richman believes, only about 1 percent of non-citizens register and vote.

"They maybe make up - at the very, very high end - 1 percent of an electorate", Richman said.

There's one major problem, though - Richman said Trump, and almost everyone else, have twisted his conclusions into fantasy.

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