By Bill Maher
You might remember that after Donald Trump narrowly lost to Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire he claimed that it was because Democrats secretly bussed "thousands" of people from Massachusetts into New Hampshire so they could vote for Hillary. His evidence of this massive and coordinated voter fraud? Two things: “I’m hearing…” and “People are saying…” Stephen Miller concurred, telling George Stephanopoulos “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.”
Ah, yes. The problem. Well, New Hampshire looked into voter fraud in the 2016 election, and the results are truly terrifying: they found that people from Massachusetts were casting thousands of illegal votes. If by “people from Massachusetts” you mean “people from New Hampshire” and by “thousands” you mean “four.” That’s right: they found four cases. Now, see if you can handle all of this nefarious scheming: One person owned property in two towns and thought they could vote in both. One was an elderly woman who submitted an absentee ballot for her late husband. And two were people who wanted to vote in Dixville Notch, because of its first-of-the-nation status, but no longer lived there. That’s it. There’s your massive left-wing conspiracy to defraud Republicans in New Hampshire.
I recently talked about conspiracy theories on Real Time, and how they’re ruining the ability of our democracy to function. Is there anything more pernicious than the Republican attack on the legitimacy of our elections?