Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Sunday rejected Donald Trump’s claim that the 2020 election was rigged in favor of Joe Biden.
“Whoever puts their hand on the Bible on Jan. 20 every four years is the winner,” DeSantis told NBC News.
While DeSantis said the 2020 election was not perfect, he clearly stated that Trump lost.
“But respectfully, you did not clearly answer that question,” Burns said.
“And if you can’t give a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on whether or not he lost —”
“No, of course, he lost,” DeSantis said, adding, “Joe Biden’s the president.”
The comments DeSantis made dismissing the “rigged” election of came in the wake of Trump pleading not guilty to charges that he broke the law by trying to overturn the 2020 election.
DeSantis also strongly dismissed theories that the election was stolen during a campaign stop in Iowa on Friday, saying they “did not prove to be true.”
“If the election is a referendum on Joe Biden’s policies and the failures that we’ve seen and we are presenting a positive vision for the future, we will win the presidency, and we will have a chance to turn the country around,” DeSantis said.
“If, on the other hand, the election is not about Jan. 20, 2025, but Jan. 6, 2021, or what document was left by the toilet at Mar-a-Lago, if it’s a referendum on that, we are going to lose.”
But DeSantis said e saw a number of problems with the 2020 election, including Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s grants for election administration, mail-in ballots, state laws that allow third parties to collect and return voters’ ballots, and censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop story.
“I think what people in the media and elsewhere, they want to act like somehow this was just like the perfect election. … I don’t think it was a good-run election,” DeSantis said.
“But I also think Republicans didn’t fight back. You’ve got to fight back when that is happening.”
“But here’s the issue that I think is important for Republican voters to think about: Why did we have all those mail votes? Because Trump turned the government over to Fauci,” DeSantis said.
“They embraced lockdowns. They did the CARES Act, which funded mail-in ballots across the country.”