Trump reportedly added that he believes these voters were "brought in on buses" from neighboring Massachusetts. There was "an uncomfortable silence" in the room after the president made the delusional comments.
The reality-based pushback was swift. WMUR in New Hampshire reported:
The New Hampshire Secretary of State's Office said Monday that there's no indication of widespread voter fraud in the Granite State, despite a tweet from President-elect Donald Trump that there was.
Officials said that if Trump has any evidence, he should present it.
So far, no one's stepped up to claim the money.
And yet, Stephen Miller, a top White House aide, insisted yesterday that fiction is fact, and the public should believe the president's nonsense.
Asked for evidence, Miller said "anyone who's worked in New Hampshire politics" is aware of the imaginary fraud problem." He added, "Everybody's aware of the problem.... The president of the United States is correct, 100 percent."
It is, of course, unsettling when taxpayer-funded officials, responsible for running the White House, brazenly lie about a conspiracy theory that exists only in their minds. But it's equally problematic in this case because New Hampshire -- run by a Republican governor and Republican legislature -- is moving forward with new voter-suppression measures.
New Hampshire lawmakers are considering legislation that would make voting more difficult for college students, military personnel and others living temporarily in the state.
About 10 bills, all sponsored by Republicans, would tighten residency requirements, demand additional documentation, and ― for some voters ― impose fees.
If you're not concerned about these efforts to undermine democracy, you're probably not paying close enough attention.
Postscript: Pressed for some kind of proof to substantiate his obvious lies, Miller said yesterday, "You have millions of people who are registered in two states." That's a surprisingly common point of concern among officials who work in the Trump White House, but for the record, that's not illegal and it's not evidence of fraud.
Second Postscript: This was part of a flurry of falsehoods the far-right White House aide pushed yesterday. Marlk Salter, a former aide to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), noted that he's been involved in two successful presidential primary campaigns in New Hampshire, and concluded that Stephen Miller "is a goddamn liar."