U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota said Monday he stands by his statement that former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, after Trump called his fellow Republican a “jerk” for his comments.
Rounds said he was “disappointed but not surprised” by Trump’s attack.
Since his loss, Trump has made repeated false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him, even as courts, audits and recounts have repeatedly confirmed the results as free and fair.
“This isn’t new information,” Rounds said in a statement. “If we’re being honest, there was no evidence of widespread fraud that would have altered the results of the election.”
Rounds had said in an interview Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week” that Republicans need to move forward and focus on winning elections and added that people “can believe and they can have confidence that those elections are fair … and that is in every single state that we looked at.”