In a rare split from President Donald Trump’s rhetoric, former Trump campaign manager and current political commentator Corey Lewandowski conceded there was no evidence to support the President’s claims of widespread voter fraud in New Hampshire.
In an interview with the podcast Axe Files, Lewandowski said,
“I live on the border. I didn’t see buses coming across the line to say that, hey, we’ve moved up from Massachusetts.”
This is a sharp change from the unyielding defense of Trump that usually characterizes Lewandowski’s appearances. Even after he was fired from the campaign, he remained a vehement supporter of the now-president in all of his appearances.
However, Lewandowski is not the first Republican from Massachusetts to contradict Trump’s voter fraud claims. The New Hampshire secretary of state, a former GOP state party chair, and a GOP operative who was arrested for voter fraud have all spoken out against it.
Despite this, President Trump has continued to push his claims that he was cheated out of winning in New Hampshire over thousands of Democrats that crossed the state border from Massachusetts and put in votes for his opponent, then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Trump first mentioned this in meeting with senators and it was echoed by his top aide Stephen Miller just days following.
Miller claimed, “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.”
While Lewandowski decided to split with Trump on New Hampshire, that does not mean he has put the voter fraud argument away altogether.
The former Trump campaign chair, talking about the buses Trump claims crossed the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border, said, “I don’t think you have that,” but left the topic open ended by claiming, “what I do think you have is the potential in the future for voter fraud.”