George Stephanopoulos’s destruction of Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller’s voter fraud lie is proof that the press is going fight Trump’s baseless falsehoods to the American people.
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Transcript via ABC’s This Week:
STEPHANOPOULOS: — just for the record, you have provided absolutely no evidence. The president’s made a statement.
MILLER: The White House has provided enormous evidence with respect to voter fraud, with respect to people being registered in more than one state, dead people voting, non-citizens being registered to vote. George, it is a fact and you will not deny it, that there are massive numbers of non-citizens in this country, who are registered to vote. That is a scandal.
We should stop the presses. And as a country, we should be aghast about the fact that you have people who have no right to vote in this country, registered to vote, canceling out the franchise of lawful citizens of this country.
That’s the story we should be talking about. And I’m prepared to go on any show, anywhere, anytime, and repeat it and say the President of the United States is correct 100 percent.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, you just repeated, though, you just made those declarations. But, for the record, you have provided zero evidence that the president was the victim of massive voter fraud in New Hampshire. You provided zero evidence —
MILLER: Anyone who’s worked —
STEPHANOPOULOS: — hold on.
MILLER: — politics is familiar —
STEPHANOPOULOS: You have provided zero evidence that the president’s claim that he would have won the general — the popular vote if 3 million to 5 million illegal immigrants hadn’t voted, zero evidence for either one of those claims.
MILLER: Well, it’s —
STEPHANOPOULOS: Thanks a lot for joining us this morning.
MILLER: — that non-citizen voting issues, pervasive and widespread, and we are going to protect our country from voter fraud. We’re going to protect our borders from terrorism. And we’re going to protect innocent men, women and children from violent criminal illegal immigrants that need to be removed from this country.
And our country will create jobs, safety, prosperity and security, particularly for disenfranchised working people of every background, faith and ethnicity in this country.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You can start by providing evidence to back up your claims. Thanks for joining us this morning.
Miller kept repeating the lie and was doggedly countered by Stephanopoulos saying that he has offered not evidence to support his claims. Any member of the press who is interviewing a Trump official or the president himself must demand that they provide evidence to back up their statements. Anything less than a demanding proof will be an act of journalistic malpractice.
Trump praised Miller for lying, which goes to show that this White House is only interested in serving the whims of one man.
Fact checkers have called Miller’s interview a bushel of false statements.
Real-time fact checking is the best way to counter the Trump administration’s lies. By calling out Miller on his lack of evidence, George Stephanopoulos disrupted the dissemination of the false statements and turned the story of the interview from voter fraud to the lack of truth in what the administration is saying.