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Donald Trump at a campaign rally in 2015. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

President Trump renewed his voter fraud charges on Thursday, telling a Republican audience in West Virginia that “millions and millions” vote illegally in California.

“In many places, like California, the same person votes many times. You probably heard about that. They always like to say, ‘Oh that’s a conspiracy theory,’” Trump said during a tax roundtable at the exclusive Greenbriar resort in While Sulfur Springs.

“Not a conspiracy theory, folks. Millions and millions of people. And it’s very hard because the state guards their records. They don’t want to see it,” he said.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who supervises elections in the Golden State, countered that Trump’s claim is indeed a conspiracy theory.

“It is sad that the President continues to recycle his same old lies. Frankly, it is tiring to have a conspiracy theorist in the White House,” Padilla said. “His dishonesty and his rants dishonor the thousands of local elections officials and volunteers who work hard to administer our elections with integrity.”

After the 2016 election, Trump established an election commission to investigate his claims of voter fraud, but it was disbanded amid lawsuits and pushback from states.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.