Bizarre or not, Trump and his White House team nevertheless seemed eager to pursue the non-existent problem. Last week, Trump World even planned to take the entire strange story to the next level.
President Trump plans to sign an executive order Thursday afternoon related to voter fraud, his press secretary told reporters without providing additional details.
A day earlier, Trump called for a "major investigation into VOTER FRAUD" in back-to-back tweets that said such a probe would cover "those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal" and "those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time)."
After talking about voter fraud all week, President Trump abruptly postponed a scheduled ceremony Thursday in which he was to have signed an executive order calling for a government investigation into illegal voting.
White House aides announced the postponement of the event in late afternoon.... "The president got back a little late, and he got jammed up on some meetings that needed to occur," said White House press secretary Sean Spicer. "We're going to roll all [of the executive-order signings] into Friday and Saturday."
So, did Trump World lose interest? Did the president and his team get distracted by equally outlandish priorities? Did it suddenly dawn on them that spending Americans' money to investigate imaginary problems is tough to defend?
For her part, Kellyanne Conway appeared on NBC's "Today" show last week and asked, in reference to a voter-fraud investigation, "Why not?"
It's a curious perspective. There's no evidence of a problem, so why not launch an investigation to see if officials can find some evidence and make the president feel better about losing the popular vote?
On a related note, why don't we give Bigfoot a government contract to search for the Loch Ness Monster? There's no evidence that such creatures exist, but without a federal investigation, how can we know for sure?