WASHINGTON, D.C. – President-elect Donald J. Trump on Tuesday vowed to hunt down and imprison more than two million people who he claims “voted illegally” in the 2016 U.S. presidential election earlier this month. “President Obama may have tolerated this kind of rampant voter fraud and that may very well have been why he served two terms – I don’t know, that’s something we’ll look into – but this type of behavior will not be tolerated under my administration,” Trump told The Washington Post.
Within the first week of his presidency, Trump has promised to instruct his presumptive Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, to launch a federal task force charged with identifying and ultimately imprisoning millions of American citizens and illegal immigrants for their role in allegedly attempting to sway the U.S. election in favor of Hillary Clinton. “We have so much evidence on these people, you wouldn’t even believe it, just mountains of evidence and, believe me, it keeps pouring in,” Trump told The Post. “It’s a very scary thing when you look at what these people are doing to our country.”
In a tweet published Sunday evening, the former reality TV star turned president-elect alleged he would have won the popular vote “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally” by presumably casting their ballots in favor of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The former Secretary of State won the popular vote by more than two million ballots but failed to secure enough electoral votes to win the election.
“We will see to it that each and every one of these individuals is held accountable for what are – quite frankly – despicable and downright treasonous crimes against the United States,” said a high-ranking member of Trump’s transition team, who spoke on condition of anonymity to Real News Right Now on Tuesday. The official said the Trump team is working with lawyers at the Department of Justice to determine whether those convicted of voter fraud can be sentenced to hard labor and tasked with constructing a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
“When you have upwards of two million able-bodied individuals working under the watchful eyes of armed correctional officers, you had better believe that wall will be up in no time,” the official said, continuing, “I’m reminded of an old German saying, ‘Arbeit macht frei.‘ It literally means ‘work sets you free,’ and I think this is the message that the President-elect wishes to convey to these individuals. Yes, you’ve broken the law. Yes, you’re going to pay for your crimes. But there is a chance for redemption.”