Three days after President Donald Trump made unsubstantiated claims that thousands of people bused in from Massachusetts voted illegally in the Granite State in last year’s election, his senior policy adviser repeated the allegations, but didn’t offer any proof. And the new charges, made by White House Policy Adviser Stephen Miller on the Sunday talk shows, once again sparked a massive amount of push back and conversation on social media. In a contentious interview on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, Miller repeated the President’s claim that he would have won New Hampshire if it were not for “thousands” of people being bused there. Trump lost the fight for the Granite State’s four electoral votes by just under 3,000 votes to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. “Go to New Hampshire. Talk to anybody who’s worked in politics there for a long time. Everybody’s aware of the problem in New Hampshire,” Miller responded when asked by Stephanopoulos to produce evidence of the voter fraud. “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. It’s very real, it’s very serious,” Miller added.
Taking a leave of absence in the autumn of 2014 from his job as communications director for then-Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Miller worked on the campaign of former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who was the GOP senatorial nominee in New Hampshire. Brown ended up narrowly losing the election to Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, in one of the nation’s most high profile, negative, and expensive Senate showdowns in the 2014 election cycle.
Following the election, Brown suggested that voter fraud could have played a role in his defeat. He repeated the suggestion this past November, after Trump first raised the possibility of voter fraud in New Hampshire soon after his election victory over Clinton.
Shaheen took to Twitter soon after the Miller comments starting creating a firestorm on social media. “As everybody knows, Stephen Miller has no evidence of voter fraud in NH. This has been debunked. @realDonaldTrump didn’t call for a recount,” the senator wrote.