On Thursday, Senator Mitt Romney told CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Wolf Blitzer that President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud are “damaging the cause of freedom and putting people’s lives at risk.”
Blitzer had asked, “How much damage is President Trump doing to our country, to our standing around the world, by refusing to concede and alleging widespread fraud going on all over the country?”
Romney on Trump undermining US elections: “Russia and China have to be laughing, smiling from ear to ear” pic.twitter.com/ZCZJSX7ZDw
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Romney: Widespread Fraud Evidence Has Not Been Shown
Romney replied, “Well, the attorney general has said there’s no there, there. The courts have all looked at the evidence and said there’s no evidence there.”
The Utah senator then admitted that discrepancies exist, but not enough to change the outcome of the election.
“Now, of course, there will be circumstances where one or two, or a handful, maybe even 100 ballots were incorrectly sent in or counted, and those things get adjusted and get fixed, but the idea of widespread fraud is simply not been shown to us,” Romney said.
“And if that evidence does exist, please show it to us,” Romney added. “At this stage, we don’t see it.”
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“So, for the president or anyone else to go out and allege widespread fraud and say the election is rigged, and the election was stolen, that obviously strikes at the very foundation of democracy here, and around the world for that matter,” Romney added.
Romney: ‘People Watch America’
Romney then said the United States is an example to the world, so it was important to never set a bad one.
“People watch America,” Romney went on.
“If we can’t have a free and fair election, how can they have it in other nations of the world? This is critical for the whole cause of democracy.”
Sen. Mitt Romney: "The idea of widespread fraud has simply not been shown to us — and if that evidence does exist, please show it to us." pic.twitter.com/yrFeZXynrk
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“Russia and China have to be laughing, smiling from ear to ear,” Romney speculated.
“This is critical for the preservation of the very democracy and freedom that’s important for our country and for others.”
The Republican senator and frequent critic of Trump said that Attorney General William Barr has said there is no evidence of mass fraud.
“You have the attorney general of the United States, likewise, saying there’s no evidence of the kind of widespread fraud that the president is talking about,” Romney said.
“When he attacks election officials, I think he puts them at risk. I think that’s very unfortunate.”
Romney said Trump has the right to pursue legal challenges, but at the end of the day…
Joe Biden will be America’s next president. Romney had already declared Biden the victor back in November.
Mitt Romney says on @NewsHour that he “can’t begin to criticize” his GOP colleagues for refusing to accept that Joe Biden is president elect.
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Romney: Biden Will Be Next President
“Look, the president has every right to pursue every legal avenue, to go to courts as he feels he can make his case,” Romney admitted.
“If he doesn’t have evidence that could convince a court, and if he doesn’t have evidence to convince the American people of widespread voter fraud, then making these accusations is only damaging the cause of freedom and putting people’s lives at risk,” Romney said.
Wolf Blitzer interjected, “You have accepted the fact that he will be the next president of the United States at noon on January 20, Inauguration Day?”
“Yes,” Romney replied.
Mitt Romney never wanted Donald Trump to become president in the first place.
On January 20th he may finally get his wish – Democrat President Joe Biden.
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