Donald Trump Says He Condemns Voter Fraud Then Immediately Spreads False Conspiracies About California, Texas

When asked about a ballot tampering scheme in North Carolina, President Donald Trump said he condemns "any election fraud" as he pushed false conspiracies about voting in California and Texas.

"Well, I condemn any voter fraud of any kind whether it's Democrat or Republican," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Friday afternoon. He then proceeded to discuss election fraud in California and Texas, two states where he alleges illegal voting took place.

"When I look at what's happened in California with the votes, when I look at what happened—as you know there was just a case where they found a million fraudulent votes," Trump said after a reporter questioned him on the situation in North Carolina.

The reporter immediately tried to interrupt the president to challenge him on the claim, but he continued to press further. "When I look at what's happened in Texas," he started to say as the reporter started to question him about California. "Excuse me, excuse me."

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While talking with reporters, the president also claimed that Texas has found votes that were "not exactly properly done."

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In January, Texas Secretary of State David Whitley announced that there were as many as 98,000 possible non-citizens listed on the state's voter logs and that as many as 58,000 voted illegally during the elections.

But now Whitley is walking back those statements and apologized for questioning the voter's citizenship before fully vetting them. In a letter to lawmakers last week, Whitley said that "more time should have been devoted" to vetting the names.

It's unclear what alleged circumstance of California voter fraud Trump was referring to, but he has made several baseless claims about illegal voting in the state. After the 2016 election, Trump tweeted that there was "serious voter fraud" in California but did not follow up with any evidence. A state election official called Trump's claim "absurd" and "unsubstantiated."

Then, months before the 2018 midterm elections, Trump repeated his concerns of voter fraud in the Golden State during a roundtable about taxes. He said at the time that "in many places, like California, the same person votes many times." No evidence was given to back up the president's allegation.

On Thursday an election board in North Carolina ruled that a ballot tampering scheme tainted the fairness and legitimacy of the votes cast during the November midterm elections. As a result, there will be a new House election in the state's 9th congressional district. The time for the new election has yet to be announced.

On Election Day last year, Republican candidate Mark Harris was leading Democrat Dan McCready by less than 1,000 votes. But the victory was never certified by state officials after allegations of misconduct arose.

Now, state officials say that a Republican operative directed a scheme to unlawfully collect, falsely witness, and tamper with absentee ballots. People who say they worked in the scheme gave investigators testimony describing their activities.

"I condemn all of it and that includes North Carolina," Trump said on Friday. "I guess they are going to be doing a final report, I would like to see the final report. But any form of election fraud I condemn."

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