On Monday, Republican Senator Mitt Romney argued that there was no evidence that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, as President Donald Trump has claimed.
Sen. Romney made his comments on CNBC’s “The News” with host Shepard Smith, in a segment that also included updates on a possible new round of COVID stimulus.
Sen. Mitt Romney is part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers that released a $908 billion, 2-part relief package today. “We think it’s important to get this passed before the year is over,” he says. https://t.co/GxwDsXxEkm pic.twitter.com/U65vxIe7pi
— The News with Shepard Smith (@thenewsoncnbc) December 15, 2020
Romney On Claims Of Election Fraud: ‘No Evidence Of It’
Smith noted Attorney General William Barr’s resignation by saying, “He’s claiming fraud, senator, and there’s no evidence of it. Bill Barr didn’t go along with it, and now he’s out.”
Romney replied, “Yeah, well, Bill Barr drew the line. I credit him with once you draw the line, if someone steps over it, you say ‘Okay, that’s the consequence.’ So he’s leaving.”
Both men seem to imply that Barr’s resignation has something to do with Trump’s belief that there was rampant election fraud, but there is no evidence to support that claim as Barr’s motive.
.@MittRomney on #Barr on @thenewsoncnbc: It was clear that being part of the [Trump] administration was a challenging responsibility for him, to say the least…I'm not surprised he could no longer associate himself with the process that's going on now."
— Nick Fineman (@The_FineMan) December 15, 2020
Shepard Smith To Romney: ‘How Much Damage Is The President Doing To Democracy?’
Former Fox News anchor Smith then suggested President Trump was undermining America’s democratic principles.
Smith asked Romney, “How much damage is the president doing to democracy trying to overturn the will of the people?”
Romney responded, “The biggest concern that I have is that people here genuinely believe that somehow this election was stolen, and there’s not evidence of that.”
“The president was saying it was stolen even before election day happened!” Romney said. “He said if he loses, it would be fraud.”
“Well, no one knows that,” Romney continued. “I thought I was going to win too when I ran for president in 2012. I didn’t. I didn’t go out and say fraud.”
“We have a process,” Romney said. “We count the votes. That’s the way it is.”
— Ted Kemp (@TedKempCNBC) December 15, 2020
Romney Thinks President Trump’s Leadership Is A Bad Example To The World
Romney would add, “I’m concerned that the cause of democracy here as well as around the world — people look to us. We’re the democratic leader of the world.”
The Utah senator then took another dig at Trump.
“What’s going on now, I’m afraid, is terribly dispiriting to people all around the globe,” Romney insisted.
Romney has long been an outspoken “Never Trumper.”
In 2016, Romney launched an unprecedented attack on his party’s front-runner for the Presidential nomination:
Romney was also the only Republican Senator to vote to convict President Trump during his impeachment.
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