Perhaps you were wondering exactly where Donald Trump got his bizarre (not to mention patently false) figure that some 3 million people voted illegally in 2016 and therefore caused him to lose the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.
The man behind the dubious claims is named Greg Phillips, and now this con man (no wonder Trump likes him so much) says he may just release the names of all the people who committed voter fraud last November.
First, some background: On November 13, just five days after Trump was declared the winner of the election, Phillips made this posting on Twitter, which we all know is Donald Trump’s favorite source of “news” and other alternative facts:
We have verified more than three million votes cast by non-citizens.
— Gregg Phillips (@JumpVote) November 13, 2016
After making his claim, resident lugnut and full-time bullshit artist Alex Jones grabbed ahold of the lie Phillips had propagated and began spreading it far and wide on his website, InfoWars. Trump, who is also fond of conspiracy theories, picked up the information from Jones and began spouting it out whenever he was reminded that he lost the popular vote by the same 3 million votes Phillips and Jones had fashioned into their latest golden calf, ready for worship by other right-wing halfwits.
Now Phillips has given an interview to the Daily Beast and is making even more ridiculous claims:
“If I had my druthers, and they said, ‘Gregg, you can release your list or you can give it to [the Department of Justice],’ I’d instantly agree to give it over to DOJ. They could bump it up against the Homeland Security file. There’s a group of us who don’t think we should release the names at all.”
Yet when reporters have repeatedly asked for the list, Phillips told them this via Twitter:
“We will release it in open form to the American people. We won’t allow the media to spin this first.”
So what is Phillips waiting for? An engraved invitation? Do we have to fall to our knees and beg for the list? Or might it be that he’s so full of crap that he has no list and is just engaging in a pathetic attempt to get his 15 minutes of fame?
Phillips now says his reluctance to release his “list” is based on not wanting to identify someone who might not have done anything wrong:
“That’s exactly what’s taking so long. Rather than publishing things that might be wrong, we not only just want to do a quality check on our own algorithm, we want to do an internal audit, if you will.
“I committed from the outset to publish all of this data to the public. I’m gonna let the public see everything we’ve done. Our analysis, everything, will be published. We will also give copies to the federal government. We’re gonna publish the entire data set.”
Sure thing, Greg. You’re gonna release the list the day after pigs start flying and unicorns appear on every street.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org