Trump Praises Supporter Who Now Faces Prison Time For Voting For Him Illegally In 2016
Donald Trump has constantly claimed that Hillary Clinton did not deserve a lot of her votes because according to him they came illegally. His latest attempt to discredit Clinton’s vote total came last Thursday when he claimed during a rally that voter fraud cost him four electoral points.
“It was taken away from us,” he said at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire.
“There is no evidence of rampant voter fraud in 2016 or really in any previous election,” Ellen Weintraub, the chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission, told CNN Monday.
But oh, how the tables have turned. On Monday, a man went on trial in federal court in Sacramento. He’d allegedly voted illegally for decades, lacking citizenship status–he’d immigrated from Mexico. Turns out, the man is actually a prominent Trump supporter who voted for him in 2016.
“Gustavo Araujo Lerma is an avowed Trump supporter, and evidence expected to be introduced in his trial includes letters of thanks from Trump, former Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and current RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel,” the Sacramento Bee reports.
What’s even more amusing, is that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both sent a letter of gratitude to the avid Republican.
In a letter sent to Lerma, Trump and Pence say they “are deeply grateful for your resolve to help us make American safer, stronger and more prosperous than ever before.”
The letter was addressed to Hiram Enrique Velez, the name of a deceased American citizen whose identity Lerma allegedly assumed years ago.
“The evidence will show that the defendant was born in Mexico in 1955, married a woman named Maria Manriquez in 1982, and had two children with her in Mexico in the 1980s,” according to a trial brief obtained by the Sacramento Bee. “By the early 1990s, he began living in the United States, fraudulently using the identity of a Puerto Rican-born United States citizen named Hiram Velez.”