Thursday, March 01, 2018 by JD Heyes
Shortly before the November 2016 election, then-GOP candidate Donald J. Trump was asked if he would accept the results of the election, and his answer shocked — shocked! — his political opponents in the media and, most notably his presidential rival, Hillary Clinton.
Essentially, Trump said he wouldn’t if he believed that the election was “rigged against him,” The New York Times reported, calling it a “remarkable statement that seemed to cast doubt on American democracy” [before the same paper began accusing President-elect Trump of ‘rigging’ the election with Russian help].
The Times sniffed:
Every losing presidential candidate in modern times has accepted the will of the voters, even in extraordinarily close races, such as when John F. Kennedy narrowly defeated Richard M. Nixon in 1960 and George W. Bush beat Al Gore in Florida to win the presidency in 2000.
Clinton called Trump’s refusal “horrifying,” but of course, that was before she lost and she began questioning the election results because, you know, Russia.
While Clinton and others sore about her loss saw nefarious Kremlin influence, Trump was actually talking about something much more real — voter fraud which, according to a newly-filed lawsuit has been happening for decades in at least one state.
As reported by the Washington Times, the suit filed by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) charges that more than 100,000 non-citizens in Pennsylvania alone are registered to vote and have been voting in U.S. elections, and the group wants state officials to reveal the extent of the problem.
The organization has already found similar instances of voter fraud — despite constant claims from Democrats and Marxist Left-wing groups (and more than a few Republicans as well) that there is no such thing in American politics.
PILF, which has found similar voting irregularities in studies of Virginia and New Jersey, said in its court filing that Pennsylvania election officials have even admitted that non-citizens have been registering and voting there “for decades.”
Sounds like Trump has been right all along.
The group said it is going to court because Pennsylvania officials refuse to grant access to voter registration data that would very likely expose the problem.
“For months, Pennsylvania bureaucrats have concealed facts about non-citizens registering and voting — that ends today,” said PILF president and General Counsel J. Christian Adams, the Times reported. (Related: Voter fraud may have handed New Hampshire to Hillary Clinton.)
Side note: In case you don’t remember, Adams quit his job at Obama’s Justice Department after then-Attorney General Eric Holder ordered the department to drop its voter-intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party in 2010 — he believes for racially motivated reasons, Fox News reported.
As for the Pennsylvania case, Adams said that state officials have admitted already that a “glitch” dating back to the 1990s allowed non-citizens who sought driver’s licenses an opportunity to register to vote. Adams said he would like to find out just how widespread the problem is — in Pennsylvania and beyond.
The Times noted further:
The 100,000 number cited in the lawsuit comes from testimony given by Philadelphia Commissioner Al Schmidt, who revealed the glitch in the state motor vehicle bureau’s systems that prompted noncitizens to register to vote. …
While Pennsylvania refused PILF record requests, the group did manage to obtain data from some counties, and found several curious cases.
In one case a man named Felipe Rojas-Orta canceled his voter registration last year, saying in a handwritten note that he wasn’t a citizen. But he had registered — as a Democrat — and had voted in three separate elections including the 2016 election cycle. PILF found other examples as well, the Times reported.
For the record, Trump won Pennsylvania 48.2 percent to Clinton’s 47.5 percent, or 2,970,733 votes to her 2,926,441, or a difference of 44,292, according to a New York Times final analysis.
How close did non-citizen voting make the race? One group at least is trying to find out.
Read more of J.D. Heyes’ work at The National Sentinel.