A television news anchor in Pensacola, Fla., challenged Rep. Matt Gaetz on Friday over his claims that former President Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election.
Gatez, a Republican from Florida, was among the GOP figures who promoted unproven claims that President Joe Biden only won in 2020 due to widespread voter fraud. ‘I believe Donald Trump won the 2020 election,’ he told local news channel WEAR-TV after host Bob Solarski asked him if he still accepted the theory of an election. stolen.
Solarski replied, “You can’t say that without saying that there was a gigantic conspiracy across this country and an overseer of election offices everywhere to make this happen, and we haven’t seen any evidence to prove it yet. .”
The confrontation came during a discussion of former Attorney General William Barr’s remarks dismissing efforts to alter the election results.
“The objection process has become almost commonplace. That’s certainly the case with Republicans when they get elected,” said the representative, who has long expressed skepticism about Biden’s legitimate victory in the election.
At the presidential level, there have only been three instances of electoral college objections – in 1969, 2005 and 2021. All have been overruled by Congress.
In October last year, Representative Jamie Raskin, a Democrat from Maryland, asked Gaetz whether or not he accepted the 2020 election results.
“I think our election was particularly polluted by these blind absentee ballots,” Gaetz replied at the time. “I think it was the first time in American history that the mailbox beat the ballot box.”
Some Republicans have sought to overturn the 2020 election results citing widespread voter fraud, even though no significant evidence has been provided to support these claims. On January 6, 2021, Congressional Republicans challenged Electoral College certification while Capitol rioters staged a violent protest to pressure Congress to overturn the results.
In the months following the election, Republicans in several states, including Arizona and Wisconsin, pushed for audits of the election, but each audit confirmed the results.
Gaetz, meanwhile, continued to ally himself with Trump, saying they had discussed the possibility of the former president becoming the next Speaker of the House if Republicans regain a majority in Congress.
“I told him you don’t even have to be the speaker all day,” he said when appearing on Sebastian Gorka’s show. American premiere. “You could do it for about three or four hours, give us a big speech, make some structural reforms to the institution, and then you could resign and we could have another election for president.”
Newsweek contacted Gaetz’s office for comment Saturday morning. This story will be updated with any response.