Former White House adviser Steve Bannon stated Thursday he “strongly” believes Republican President Donald Trump received New Hampshire and that voter irregularities have been behind his loss within the state within the 2016 presidential election.
“I believe strongly — and I’m prepared to put money where my mouth is — that we won the state of New Hampshire,” Bannon instructed a cheering crowd of about 200 at a Manchester fundraiser for the conservative group 603 Alliance.
Democrat Hillary Clinton received New Hampshire and all 4 of the state’s electoral votes.
Trump has cited New Hampshire as a part of his unsubstantiated claims that hundreds of thousands of individuals voted illegally in 2016. He created the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in May to badyze these claims.
“The people of New Hampshire deserve to understand what happened on that day,” Bannon stated. “I don’t care if you are a Republican or a Democrat, a Clinton supporter or a Trump supporter, you can’t play games with that.”
Bannon says his claims are supported by state knowledge that reveals that solely 15 p.c of the 6,540 voters who used out-of-state driver’s licenses have since acquired New Hampshire licenses. But state regulation permits somebody to be domiciled in New Hampshire for voting functions and be a resident of one other state for driver’s licensing functions — for instance, college students attending faculty in New Hampshire.
The knowledge additionally was cited in September by Republican Kris Kobach, the vice chairman of the president’s election integrity fee and Kansas secretary of state, as proof of fraud that possible led to Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hbadan’s victory over Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte final November. Democrats pounced on these feedback, suggesting Kobach was deceptive the general public by utilizing irrelevant knowledge to rehash false claims.
Bannon spent a lot of his hourlong speech recounting Trump’s election success and solely made pbading references to the mbadive wins by Democrats in Tuesday’s elections and to the controversy swirling round Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Bannon, who previously has backed Moore, did not instantly touch upon allegations first reported by The Washington Post in opposition to the Alabama candidate of badual misconduct with minors going again a long time. The allegations have prompted Republican social gathering leaders to demand he get out of the race if the accusations show true.
“The Bezos-Amazon-Washington Post that dropped that dime on Donald Trump, is the same Bezos-Amazon-Washington Post that dropped the dime this afternoon on Judge Roy Moore,” Bannon stated. “Now is that a coincidence? That’s what I mean when I say opposition party.”
As Bannon arrived on the Manchester occasion, he was greeted by greater than 100 protesters who chanted, “no hate in the granite state” and held indicators with slogans together with, “Bannon go home.” Many questioned why Republicans have been paying as a lot as $750 to listen to Bannon’s message.
“I’m here basically to send a message to Steve Bannon and all the people who attended tonight from the 603 Alliance that there isn’t any room for hate in the granite state,” stated protester David Meuse.