Tracing Trump’s claim that millions voted illegally

Phillips is the founder of 'Votestand,' a voter fraud reporting app

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(CNN) – A Twitter feed appears to be the original source of Donald Trump’s so-called evidence for his claim that ‘millions voted illegally.’ The Twitter feed belongs to Gregg Phillips, whose Twitter handle is “Jump Vote.”

Back on November 11th, Phillips tweeted: “Completed analysis of database of 180 million voter registrations. Number of non-citizen votes exceeds 3 million. Consulting legal team.”

Two days later he tweeted: “We have verified more than three million votes cast by non-citizens.”

Phillips is the founder of ‘Votestand,’ a voter fraud reporting app.

How Gregg Phillips could possibly verify that millions voted illegally just three days after the election is anyone’s guess. The Washington Post reported Philips started making these claims even before data on voter history was available in most jurisdictions.

None of that has stopped websites like Infowars from picking up on Phillips’ tweets.

Infowars is the brainchild of radio host Alex Jones, who Rolling Stone once called “the most paranoid man in America.”

Jones has suggested that the 9/11 attacks and the Boston Marathon bombing were “inside jobs” by the U.S. government. Jones also argued that those involved in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting were really “actors” and that nobody was actually hurt. He even claimed that the Apollo 11 moon landing was faked.

If Donald Trump based his voter fraud claim on what he read on Infowars, it wouldn’t be the first time.

When Trump argued that thousands and thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 attacks, he tweeted a link to Infowars.

Additionally, Infowars helped fuel the rumor that president Obama is an ISIS supporter, something Trump later suggested too.

It remains to be seen whether the conspiracy driven website remains a go-to for the president elect.

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