Lindsey Graham To Donald Trump: Prove Voter Fraud Or Be Quiet

It's about time Trump realizes "he's not a billionaire TV star -- he's the president of the United States."
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) challenged President-elect Donald Trump on his baseless claims that millions of people committed voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) challenged President-elect Donald Trump on his baseless claims that millions of people committed voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.
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WASHINGTON 鈥 One of Donald Trump鈥檚 fiercest Republican critics, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said Tuesday that the president-elect should either provide evidence of his claims that millions of people voted illegally or stop spreading a false message.

鈥淚 don鈥檛 know what [Trump] is talking about,鈥 Graham told The Huffington Post. 鈥淚f he has evidence, bring it forward. If he doesn鈥檛, he shouldn鈥檛 say things like that.鈥

Graham said he plans to introduce a bipartisan resolution in the Senate to show confidence in the integrity of the 2016 elections.

鈥淚 want people to believe 鈥 at least, the Senate be on record 鈥 that we believe the election is fair,鈥 Graham said. 鈥淚鈥檓 sure there was problems, but it was free and fair.鈥

Trump, in a string of tweets Sunday afternoon, made the astonishing 鈥 and false 鈥 claim that millions of people voted illegally on Nov. 8, allowing his opponent, Hillary Clinton, to win the popular vote. He alleged that without those illegitimate votes, he would have dominated the popular vote in addition to his victory in the Electoral College.

There is absolutely no evidence to support Trump鈥檚 claims of widespread voter fraud.

He mentioned 鈥渟erious voter fraud鈥 in Virginia, New Hampshire and California 鈥 all states that voted for Clinton. Representatives from all three states have since come out to debunk Trump鈥檚 unfounded assertion.

Graham emphasized that Trump, as president-elect, must understand his words now carry more weight than when he was a candidate.

鈥淗e鈥檚 gotta realize he鈥檚 just not a normal person anymore,鈥 Graham said. 鈥淗e鈥檚 not a billionaire TV star 鈥 he鈥檚 the president of the United States. His words really resonate.鈥

HuffPost asked several Republican senators about Trump鈥檚 claims of voter fraud, but Graham was the only one to answer directly. Sens. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Dan Coats (Ind.) and Johnny Isakson (Ga.) are among those who said they didn鈥檛 want to discuss it.

Some, like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), not only didn鈥檛 want to talk about it, but were outraged that reporters even asked.

鈥淚 will not talk about Donald Trump,鈥 McCain said Tuesday. 鈥淭ell all your friends, OK?鈥

Asked another way about voter fraud claims, McCain answered: 鈥淚 think the election has been decided, and I don鈥檛 even think about it.鈥

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) dismissed Trump鈥檚 claims of voter fraud when asked by reporters on Tuesday.

鈥淪ecretary Clinton conceded the election and it appears to me she thinks the election is over,鈥 McConnell said. 鈥淭he American people think the election is over, and I think the election is over. So it鈥檚 an interesting discussion, but it strikes me as totally irrelevant and I鈥檓 gonna move on.鈥

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