DeSantis Dismisses 2020 Election Fraud Theories

In a recent campaign event in Northeast Iowa, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis challenged claims about the 2020 presidential election being stolen. While he acknowledged that the election was conducted in a manner he deemed “unfair,” he rejected the more outlandish theories about it being “stolen.”

“I’ve said many times the election is what it is. All those theories that were put out did not prove to be true,” he said.

The Republican presidential aspirant further emphasized that he believes in conducting a fair election that people can have confidence in. 

“You don’t ballot harvest. You don’t do Zuckerbucks, and clearly, having the agencies work with Facebook to censor things like Hunter Biden, that’s unfair. So, it was not an election that was conducted the way I think we want to, but that’s different than saying Maduro stole votes or something like that. And I think those theories proved to be unsubstantiated,” he stated.

The governor made it clear that he does not support the notion that the election was stolen in the way some have claimed. He mentioned that unproven claims made by former Trump attorney Sidney Powell, including allegations about Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro being involved in rigging the election, lacked substantial evidence.

DeSantis’s statements come on the heels of former President Donald Trump’s indictment regarding his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Special Counsel Jack Smith had accused Trump of fueling the protest at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, with unproven claims and lies. 

This marks Trump’s third indictment since his presidency ended, with other charges involving the handling of classified documents and the payment of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels.

In response to Trump’s indictment, DeSantis voiced the need to rule him out as GOP’s chosen candidate for the presidency. 

He also declared a commitment to ending the weaponization of government and ensuring a single standard of justice for all Americans. 

“As President, I will end the weaponization of government, replace the FBI Director, and ensure a single standard of justice for all Americans,” he said as news of the former president’s latest indictment made waves across the political spectrum.

He also attributed the country’s decline to the politicization of the rule of law and vowed to put an end to it.