Donald Trump and his administration have been twisting Pew research to support a lie that millions of people voted illegally.
Trump and his administration frequently cite a 2012 Pew study in support of his unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud. But the author, David Becker, has said that Trump’s team misconstrued his paper and that researchers found no cases of voter fraud.
When told by ABC News anchor David Muir that the study failed to show voter fraud, Trump responded by immediately attacking the author for “groveling.”
Trump used the same term to attack a disabled New York Times reporter, Serge Kovaleski, in 2015.
Here’s the president’s full exchange with Muir:
MUIR: What you have been presented so far has been debunked. It has been called false.
TRUMP: Take a look at the Pew reports.
MUIR: I called the author of the Pew report last night and he told me that they found no evidence of voter fraud.
TRUMP: Really, then why did he write the report?
MUIR: He said no evidence of voter fraud.
TRUMP: Excuse me, then why did he write the report? According to Pew report, then he’s groveling again. You know, I always talk about the reporters. They grovel when they wanna write something that you wanna hear, but not necessarily millions of people wanna hear or have to hear.