President Trump and the people closest to him just won’t let go of the voter fraud myth.
Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller doubled down Sunday on the President’s false claim last week that busloads of people crossed from Massachusetts into New Hampshire on Election Day to keep Trump from carrying the Granite State and defeat incumbent Sen. Kelly Ayotte.
“Having worked before on a campaign in New Hampshire, I can tell you that this issue of busing voters into New Hampshire is widely known by anyone who’s worked in New Hampshire politics,” Miller asserted on ABC’s “This Week.” “It’s very real. It’s very serious. This morning, on this show, is not the venue for me to lay out all the evidence.”
Of course, there’s no venue to lay out the evidence because there is no evidence. New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, who oversees elections in the state, has dismissed claims that there was substantial fraud in New Hampshire voting last year. And shortly after Miller’s TV appearance on Sunday, Tom Rath, a former state attorney general and prominent Republican, Tweeted that “allegations of voter fraud in NH are baseless, without any merit-it's shameful to spread these fantasies.”
While Trump and his team apparently have bought into the notion that a lie repeated often enough will eventually be accepted as truth, news organizations are continuing to insist that the White House provide facts to back up its voter fraud claims. During Sunday’s interview, “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos called on Miller three times to provide evidence, each time to no avail.
Meanwhile, Ellen Weintraub, a member and former chair of the Federal Election Commission, has issued a statement demanding that Trump provide evidence to back up his charges on the New Hampshire vote. “The scheme the President of the United States alleges would constitute thousands of felony criminal offenses under New Hampshire law…” she wrote. “Allegations of this magnitude cannot be ignored.”
After reviewing vote tallies and Election Day reports from the polls, Iowa’s top elections official has identified just 10 illegal votes – out of more than 1.6 million cast – in his state.
A record of “general election irregularities” obtained by the Associated Press through a Freedom of Information request turned up “a handful of cases of alleged double votes and votes cast by ineligible felons on Election Day.”
The AP said its review “showed that most of the instances were mistakes rather than fraud, and may not have been stopped by an identification requirement. They included a non-English speaking citizen who mistakenly voted when he registered and again on Election Day, a felon whose voting rights had been restored in Wisconsin but not Iowa, and a non-citizen who turned herself in after learning later she shouldn't have been eligible to vote.”
Issues: Voting and Elections