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.
Senator Romney commented on CNBC's "The News" with host Shepard Smith in a segment that also included updates on a possible new round of COVID stimuli.
Senator Mitt Romney is part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers that today released a two-part aid package worth $ 908 billion. "We think it's important to get this done before the year is up," he says. https://t.co/GxwDsXxEkm pic.twitter.com/U65vxIe7pi
– The news with Shepard Smith (@thenewsoncnbc) December 15, 2020
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Romney on Election Fraud Allegations: "No Evidence"
Commenting on Attorney General William Barr's resignation, Smith noted, "He's claiming fraud, Senator, and there's no evidence of it. Bill Barr didn't go along with that and now he's out."
Romney replied, “Yes, Bill Barr drew the line. I will credit him if you draw the line. If someone steps over it, say, "Okay, that's the consequence." So he goes. "
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 this claim as Barr's motive.
. @ MittRomney on #Barr on @thenewsoncnbc: It was clear that being part of the (Trump) administration was a challenging responsibility to say the least. I am not surprised that he could no longer connect to the ongoing process and is now online. "
– Nick Fineman (@The_FineMan) December 15, 2020
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Shepard Smith to Romney: "How much damage does the President do to democracy?"
Former Fox News host Smith then suggested that President Trump was undermining America's democratic principles.
Smith asked Romney, "How much damage does the President do to democracy to overthrow the will of the people?"
Romney replied, "The biggest worry I have is that the people here really believe that this election was somehow stolen and there is no evidence of it."
"The president said it was stolen before election day!" Said Romney. "He said if he lost it would be a cheat."
"Well, nobody knows," Romney continued. "I thought I would win when I ran for president in 2012. I didn't." I didn't go out and said fraud. "
"We have a process," said Romney. “We count the votes. It's just the way it is. "
Romney on Barr's resignation: "Not surprising that he was no longer able to reconnect with the process that is ongoing" @EmilyDeCiccio https://t.co/iQE6BPCPDb
– Ted Kemp (@TedKempCNBC) December 15, 2020
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Romney sees President Trump's leadership as a bad example to the world
Romney added, "I am concerned that the cause of democracy here and around the world – people look to us. We are the democratic leaders of the world."
The Utah Senator digged Trump again.
"I'm afraid what's going on now is terribly daunting for people around the world," said Romney.
Romney has long been an outspoken "Never Trumper".
In 2016, Romney launched an unprecedented assault on his party's front runner for the president's nomination:
Romney was also the only Republican Senator to vote for President Trump's condemnation during his impeachment.