Trump Claims That 2016 Election in New Hampshire Was Rigged Against Him
President Donald Trump has long been obsessed with the 2016 presidential election, often claiming millions of votes were cast illegally and that he, in fact, won a landslide victory. At a rally in New Hampshire on Monday night, Trump revisited a claim that the people were bused into the state.
“We should have won the election, but they had buses being being shipped up from Massachusetts. Hundreds and hundreds of buses,” Trump told an appreciative crowd.
Trump has made this claim before. It’s part of a broad array of conspiracy theories he’s adopted to explain his loss of the popular vote and his loss in some states he clearly wanted to win. Trump won the 2016 Republican primary in the state and may have believed he ought to win out over Hillary Clinton.
"We should have won the election, but they had buses being being shipped up from Massachusetts. Hundreds and hundreds of buses" — Trump pushes a completely unfounded conspiracy theory about massive election fraud costing him New Hampshire in 2016 pic.twitter.com/tCC3cclvW5
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 11, 2020
As some pointed out on Twitter, Trump’s continuing obsession with non-existent voter fraud in 2016 raises serious questions about whether he will accept defeat in November if he loses in the electoral college.
“An American president suggesting there’s massive election fraud,” conservative commentator Bill Kristol said. “Will Trump accept his defeat on Nov. 3? Are we—from his own Cabinet to Congress to major civic institutions—ready for him if he tries not to?”
Watch the video above, via Twitter.