Sen. Tammy Baldwin hasn’t had a “true” or “mostly true” rating from PolitiFact since January…
In an effort to curb voter fraud, President Donald Trump created a commission earlier this month to study the phenomenon and its potential impact on U.S. elections.
“The president’s committed to the thorough review of registration and voting issues in federal elections,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders. “And that’s exactly what this commission is tasked with doing.”
That prompted this response from Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), an outspoken critic of voter ID laws:
Voter turnout in 2016 was reduced by approx. 200,000 votes because of WI’s photo ID laws. We need to oppose them: https://t.co/HpHYNDOs4P
— Tammy Baldwin (@tammybaldwin) May 18, 2017
It’s that claim of Baldwin’s that got her into trouble with PolitiFact, the nationwide fact-checking group with a local arm in Wisconsin. In December 2016, PolitiFact Wisconsin’s Tom Kertscher rated “False” a claim that 300,000 voters were turned away” in Wisconsin due to the state’s voter ID laws.
Unsurprisingly, they came to the same conclusion for Baldwin’s faulty claim:
A report she cites from a Democratic candidate-supporting group says a decline in voter turnout between the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections in Wisconsin was entirely due to the state’s new photo identification requirement for voting.
But experts say that while photo ID requirements reduces turnout to some extent, they question the methodology of the report and say there is no way to put a number on how many people in Wisconsin didn’t vote because of the ID requirement.
We rate Baldwin’s statement Mostly False.
Perhaps more troubling than Baldwin’s loose grip on the facts is the pattern that has emerged since Trump’s swearing in. In fact, PolitiFact has not rated a single statement of Baldwin’s as “true” or “mostly true” since January. Instead, they found claims she made about health care in February and March to be “mostly false,” and a claim about Supreme Court nominees in in February to be the dreaded “full flop.”
Since Trump’s inauguration, a pattern of Democrats embracing “conspiracy theories” has emerged. Both CNN and the New York Times have noted the uptick in Democrats using “fake news” as means to an end to rally support among the anti-Trump movement.
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