President Donald Trump on Wednesday questioned why the author of a Pew study would say his 2014 study did not show voter fraud, adding he is "groveling."
Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, said during the White House daily briefing Tuesday the Pew study backed up Trump's claims of massive voter fraud taking place in the United States.
But University of Massachusetts political scientist Brian Schaffner, who authored the Pew study, told CNN on Tuesday that Trump had misinterpreted his data.
The Pew study Spicer cited did show people had registered to vote in more than one state, but it was typically a result of people moving and not informing election officials at their old address they had moved. The study did not find widespread issues of people voting at both places they were registered.
When ABC's David Muir asked Trump about the author's assertion, Trump asked, "Really? Then why did he write the report?"
"He said no evidence of voter fraud," Muir responded.
"Then he's groveling again," Trump said. "You know, I always talk about the reporters that grovel when they want to write something you want to hear, but not necessarily millions of people want to hear, or have to hear."
The media began questioning Trump after he reportedly told congressional leaders Tuesday he would have won the popular vote instead of Democrat Hillary Clinton had there not been up to 5 million illegal votes cast for her. Though Trump easily took the Electoral College vote needed to win, Clinton won the nationwide popular vote by 2.9 million.
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