McConnell Backs Up Senator Rounds’s 2020 Election Comments: ‘Told the Truth’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) speaks during a press conference following the weekly Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 11, 2022. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

Senior Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, are standing behind Senator Mike Rounds after the South Dakota Republican said over the weekend that there was no evidence of fraud sufficient to overturn the legitimate results of the 2020 election.

“I think Senator Rounds told the truth about what happened in the 2020 election,” McConnell told CNN on Tuesday. “And I agree with him.”

“I’ve always said I agree that the election was not stolen — at least to the degree that it was illegal theft,” Republican Senator Kevin Cramer, who has acknowledged the possibility in the past that Democrats exploited the relaxed voting rules, such as the expansion of mail-in ballot use, during the pandemic. “I’ve moved on a long time ago, and most members of Congress have, including Mike.”

“I say to my colleague, welcome to the club,” Republican Senator John Thune said about the criticism Rounds received, which he’s also fielded in the past. “I don’t think re-litigating or rehashing the past is a winning

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