Former President Donald Trump's continued lies that the 2020 election was "stolen" from him by Democrats colluding with election companies and foreign adversaries to facilitate widespread election fraud are, in short, nonsense.
As numerous election audits, court verdicts, local election officials, and Trump's own Justice Department have confirmed, there was no fraud ubiquitous enough to influence the results of the 2020 election. As Trump's own officials noted, 2020's was the most secure election in American history. Of the rare cases of voter fraud that have been uncovered, many were committed by Trump supporters.
But even a year after these election lies culminated in a deadly failed insurrection against the United States Capitol, Trump and the Republican party continue to embrace fantasies of widespread voter fraud, often in an effort to justify legislation making it harder for Americans to vote.
Republican Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota recently refuted Trump's election fantasies, acknowledging he looked into 60 different allegations of election fraud.
He relayed his conclusions in an interview with ABC, saying:
“The election was fair, as fair as we've seen. We simply did not win the election, as Republicans, for the presidency."
Assuring that a national election was free and fair used to be non-controversial, but in today's Republican party, refuting hysteria over election fraud is now a cancellable offense.
As such, Trump blasted Rounds in a new statement, vowing to never endorse the Senator again.
Trump wrote in part:
“'Senator' Mike Rounds of the Great State of South Dakota just went woke on the Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020. He made a statement this weekend on ABC Fake News, that despite massive evidence to the contrary, including much of it pouring in from Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and other states, he found the election to be ok—just fine. Is he crazy or just stupid?"
Other than the fact that Rounds gave an interview to ABC News, every statement made by Trump in that paragraph is false.
Georgia's Republican election officials—despite a pressure campaign from Trump—have examined and repeatedly confirmed the validity of Georgia's election. A highly controversial audit in Arizona forced by the state's Republican legislature only further confirmed Biden's victory in the state. A conservative group in Wisconsin found "no evidence" of election fraud in the state. Michigan's Attorney General and Secretary of State only uncovered three instances of voter fraud. Claims of statistically inevitable election fraud in Pennsylvania have been widely debunked.
Among the key six states that served as targets for Trump's election delusions, an Associated Press review found fewer than 475 cases where voter fraud could even potentially have occurred.
But Republicans were more inclined to believe the ravings of a one-term President deemed too dangerous for Twitter, instantly turning Mike Rounds into a Republican pariah.
Meanwhile, people who've successfully acknowledged reality pushed back on Trump's rant.
Rounds isn't up for reelection until 2026.