Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) made it clear on Sunday that he doesn’t support Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories about the 2020 election being stolen from him.
Appearing on “ABC News This Week,” to discuss the 2022 midterms which could break the deadlock in what is now a 50-50 Senate, Rounds said Republicans must move past the unfounded allegations that Trump was cheated out of a victory if they want to gain any ground.
“As a part of our due diligence, we looked at over 60 different accusations made in multiple states,” Sen. Rounds told host George Stephanopolous. “While there were some irregularities, there were none of the irregularities which would have risen to the point where they would have changed the vote outcome in a single state.“ He then added a clincher: “The election was fair, as fair as we have seen.“
“As a part of our due diligence, we looked at over 60 different accusations made in multiple states…The election was fair, as fair as we've seen. We simply did not win the election, as Republicans, for the presidency,” GOP Sen. Mike Rounds says. https://t.co/3W7y8BWdfh pic.twitter.com/Si9iSftSiZ
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 9, 2022
Rounds, who was against impeaching Trump over the Capitol riots because Trump was already out of office, also said he would not be in favor of Congress trying to pass a law to prevent Trump from seeking another term in response to his actions on January 6th. But he also said Trump — now that he is out of office — is not exempt from prosecution if the Justice Department had a reason to do so.
On ABC, @SenatorRounds (R) shoots down claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
"We looked at over 60 different accusations made in multiple states," he says. "There were [no] irregularities" that "would have changed the vote outcome in a single state." https://t.co/9cAaYFOsyw pic.twitter.com/U9lerTLCcg
— Will Saletan (@saletan) January 9, 2022
Rounds also would not rule out supporting Trump for president in 2024. “I will take a hard look at it. Personally, what I have told people is, is I’m going to support the Republican nominee to be president. I’m not sure that the eventual nominee has even shown up yet,“ he said.
“I’m going to support the Republican nominee to be president. I'm not sure that the eventual nominee has even shown up yet,” GOP @SenatorRounds tells @GStephanopoulos when asked if he could support former Pres. Trump running again in 2024. https://t.co/lB2jU0aOen pic.twitter.com/vduYkI9Pl9
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 10, 2022
Watch the full discussion, below.