Senator Mitt Romney, a so-called Republican from Utah, appeared on CNN and blasted former President Donald Trump for continuing “the big lie” about the 2020 election.
After opening the interview by referencing former Attorney General Bill Barr’s comments about the election fraud theories being “bulls**t,” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Romney, “Do these repeated lies about the election, the whitewashing of what happened January 6th, do you think it undermines American democracy? And if so, do you think more of your Republican colleagues need to speak out?”
Romney agreed and argued that Trump’s claims about an illegitimate election can affect “the cause of democracy and freedom around the world.”
“Here in the U.S., there’s a growing recognition that this is a bit like WWF, that it’s entertaining, but it’s not real,” Romney said.
“I know people want to say, ‘yeah, they believe in the big lie in some cases,’ but I think people recognize it’s a lot of show and bombast but it’s going nowhere. The election is over. It was fair,” Romney continued.
He questioned how Trump was “crying foul” even before the votes were counted:
“The question is what were his sources of information? Where did he hear that the election had been fraudulently carried out? Did he hear it from the Justice Department? No. Did he hear it from the intelligence community? No. So where did he hear it from? The MyPillow guy? Rudy Giuliani? What are their sources of information? It’s pretty clear the election was fair, it wasn’t the outcome the president wanted, but let’s move on.”
Romney’s comments followed Trump’s first post-presidency rally that was held in Ohio on Saturday, where Trump reiterated his opinion to the thousands of liberty-loving attendees that the 2020 election was a scam.
“This was the scam of the century and this was the crime of the century. We’re never going to stop fighting for the true results of this election. … Remember I’m not the one trying to undermine American democracy. I’m trying to save American democracy,” Trump said.
Although some may be ready to move on, others are still interested in restoring trust and transparency to the election process.
To help build and fortify that trust, an audit is still underway in Arizona where the state’s Attorney General was recently compelled to send a stern warning to the Biden administration to not meddle in the process, stating that his office was “not amused by the DOJ’s posturing and will not tolerate any effort to undermine or interfere with our State Senate’s audit to reassure Arizonans of the accuracy of our elections.”
Barr indicated to ABC News’ Jon Carl that although he had approved a probe into the 2020 election to investigate “substantial allegations” that “could potentially impact the outcome” there was ultimately no evidence of fraud substantial enough to flip the election in favor of Trump.
The comments are set to be released in a book, “Betrayal” by Karl who interviewed Barr while he was in the process of writing the book that details the demise of the relationship between former President Donald Trump and former Attorney General Bill Barr.
“My attitude was: It was put-up or shut-up time,” said Barr. “If there was evidence of fraud, I had no motive to suppress it. But my suspicion all the way along was that there was nothing there. It was all bulls**t.”
Barr also met with cyber-security experts on two occasions who dismissed the theory that voting machines were manipulated to flip votes from Trump to Biden.
“We realized from the beginning it was just bulls**t,” he reiterated.
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