Donald Trump tweeted a week ago that he won the popular vote on Election Day “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

Of course, the media went ballistic over this comment.

Even the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, in reporting his comment in a news story had this to say: “There has been no evidence of the widespread voter fraud that would have had to taken place to give Clinton millions of illegitimate votes.”

But is Trump’s statement likely true?

We may never know, but I suspect he’s right.

How many millions of illegal aliens voted in states like California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas, for instance? Who’s counting? How about all the states, either because of court orders or through legislation, that stopped requiring proper identification for casting a ballot? How about all the encouragement that has been given to illegal voters to go to the polls and demand their “right” to vote – even though voting is the right of only citizens?

There has been a concerted effort to ensure illegal votes are cast. That is the only reason for the movement to strike down photo ID laws or identification that would demonstrate the citizenship status of those who go to the polls.

He “lost” the popular vote, we’re told, by 2 million votes.

Does anyone doubt that in 19 states requiring no proper identification to vote Nov. 8 that at least 2 million votes were illegal?

That’s right. Only 31 states have passed laws requiring voters to show some form of identification at the polls.

Personally, I would be shocked to learn that there weren’t at least 2 million votes cast for Hillary Clinton that were invalid.

And that’s something Trump should deal with as president.

Any vote cast by a non-citizen should be invalidated. By allowing non-citizens to vote we are effectively diluting the voting power of the citizen.

This is just plain wrong, immoral, illegal and fraudulent.

There should be stiff penalties in every state for voter fraud. But there aren’t. So nobody is counting how many of these votes are being cast. In fact, as I said, illegal voting is being actively encouraged in many states.

If we’re ever going to have a free and fair election again in this country, we need all states requiring proper ID.

Yet the trend is going the other way.

Even states enacting such laws properly – in the legislatures, the only place laws are supposed to be made – they are being overturned with extreme prejudice by renegade judges who should be tossed out on their ears through impeachment proceedings.

Most importantly of all, Trump needs to scrupulously appoint federal judges who are committed to preserving the integrity of citizen voting. It should be high on his to-do list. It should be an absolute litmus test for federal judges.

What about states that refuse to confine voting in federal elections to citizens? I would say you could make a constitutional case that those electoral votes should not count because they are unconstitutional.

Am I wrong?

It might once have seemed to be an impossible battle to win, but the election of Donald Trump – by popular vote or by constitutional Electoral College vote – may just make this a political war we can win. It won’t be easy, but Trump is certainly on the right track through his criticism of voter fraud.

Even if there is any doubt about the extent of such illegal voting, it must be stopped cold to preserve constitutional integrity.

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