President Trump may not be able to prove his claim that he would have won the popular vote in the absence of 3 million illegal immigrants/fraudulent ballots, but the mainstream media isn’t being entirely honest about the troubling figures putting our democracy at risk. According to James Agresti of Just Facts, a nonprofit research organization, there may be millions of illegal immigrants registered to vote in the U.S.
Agresti used a National Hispanic Survey taken by McLaughlin and Associates in 2013 to arrive at his figures. In that survey – the likes of which were utterly ignored by the mainstream press – the researchers polled a random sample of 800 Hispanics, 56% of whom were non-citizens. Of those non-citizens, 13% confirmed that they had registered to vote in violation of federal law.
Agresti took that sample and applied it to the 2013 U.S. Census numbers. According to the Census, there are 11.8 million non-citizen Hispanics living in the United States. Accounting for sample-size errors, Agresti determined that 13% of Hispanic non-citizen adults may therefore be illegally registered to vote. That works out to more than 1.5 million Hispanics who have no business on the voter rolls.
“Contrary to the claims of many media outlets and so-called fact-checkers, this nationally representative scientific poll confirms that a sizable number of non-citizens in the U.S. are registered to vote,” Agresti said.
This is the kind of thing we simply ignored in the pre-Trump era. Sure, you could read these stories in the conservative media, but they never gained any traction outside that relatively small universe. Donald Trump changed all that. He is forcing the mainstream media to talk about things they absolutely do not want to talk about, especially as it pertains to illegal immigration. And when he can’t force their hand, he just takes his message straight to the public. Who needs The New York Times when you have Twitter?
Does that mean Trump always has his facts straight? That his word is beyond dispute? Of course not. He exaggerates. He repeats claims from questionable sources. He says things without fully thinking them through. His supporters have long ago come to realize that it’s not necessary to take everything he says as the literal truth. That’s not even the point. The point is that by using these – sometimes outrageous – tactics, Trump shines a light on the dishonesty of the news media.
So maybe 3 million illegal immigrants didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton.
But…how many did?
That’s the question now being asked, and it’s because President Trump dared to challenge the established, previously-unassailable status quo.