The entire claim about 3-5 million votes by illegal immigrants originated with a guy named Gregg Phillips, who claimed on Twitter that he had examined 180 million voter records and had reached that conclusion. He was interviewed on CNN. It didn’t go well for him.
Appearing on CNN’s New Day with Chris Cuomo, VoteStand founder Gregg Phillips said that he can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Hillary Clinton received at least 3 million “illegal” votes for president in 2016 — but only if you give him several additional months to get all his evidence together.
“You say you can prove it,” Cuomo said of Phillips’s voter fraud claims. “I say, ‘OK, I trust you, you can prove it.’ Show me.”
“We believe it will take probably another few months to get this done,” Phillips said of when his team will be ready to publicly offer proof that he insists is ironclad.Cuomo would not let Phillips easily off the hook, however.
“And yet, even though you need a few more months to get this done, you think you know the answer right now,” Cuomo said.
“We’re volunteers!” Phillips shot back. “We know we have the answer.”
“Even though you can’t prove it, you think you know?” a confused Cuomo asked.
“The numbers are actually bigger!” Phillips replied, apparently implying that Hillary Clinton actually received more than 3 million illegal votes.
Cuomo again pressed Phillips for how he could claim to know for certain that Clinton received millions of illegal votes without currently having the proper evidence to back up such a conclusion.
“You can reach a conclusion, and then still verify it,” Phillips responded.
So he knows he’s right, but he needs months to find the evidence for it. This is not how serious scholarship works, of course. The more certain you are of your conclusion in advance, the more likely you are to distort the evidence to make it appear to support it at the end.