White House senior policy advisor Stephen Miller doubled down Sunday on President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of massive voter fraud during the 2016 election.
George Stephanopoulos asked Miller on ABC’s “This Week” to respond to reports that Trump brought up even more baseless claims of voter fraud on Thursday during a closed-door meeting with several senators.
Trump claimed that “thousands” of people were “brought in on buses” from Massachusetts to vote “illegally” in New Hampshire, costing him and former New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) the vote in that state, according to a report by Politico.
“President Trump again this week suggested in a meeting with senators that thousands of illegal voters were bussed from Massachusetts to New Hampshire and that’s what caused his defeat in the state of New Hampshire, also the defeat of Sen. Kelly Ayotte,” George Stephanopoulos asked Miller. “Do you have that evidence?”
“Having worked before on a campaign in New Hampshire, I can tell you that this issue of bussing voters into New Hampshire is widely known by anyone who’s worked in New Hampshire politics,” Miller said. “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.”
“Hold on a second. You just claimed again that there was illegal voting in New Hampshire, people bussed in from the state of Massachusetts,” Stephanopoulos said. “Do you have any evidence to back that up?”
“Go to New Hampshire, talk to anybody who’s worked in politics there for a long time,” Miller replied. “Everybody’s aware of the problem in New Hampshire with respect to bringing in voters and with respect to—”
“I’m asking you as the White House senior policy advisor,” Stephanopoulos interjected. “The President made a statement saying he was the victim of voter fraud, people being bussed from the state of Massachusetts to New Hampshire.”
“And the President was,” Miller interrupted. “And if this is an issue—”
“Do you have any evidence?” Stephanopoulos pressed.
“If this is an issue that interests you, then we can talk about it more in the future,” Miller replied. “Many highly qualified people, like Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, have looked deeply into this issue and have confirmed it to be true and have put together evidence, and I suggest you invite Kris Kobach onto your show and he can walk you through some of the evidence of voter fraud in greater detail.”
“Just for the record, you have provided absolutely no evidence,” Stephanopoulos said.
Trump aide Stephen Miller repeats Trump’s blatantly false claim about mass illegal voting. There is zero evidence. pic.twitter.com/9NvPXjPYVO
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 12, 2017
When Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) filed his first criminal charges regarding alleged instances of double-voting in 2015, all three defendants were registered Republicans. A local prosecutor apparently declined to bring two of the three cases, and all three complaints lacked detail about the alleged double-voting involved.