Following is a transcript of Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-UT) interview on CNN’s State of the Union television program.
TAPPER: Former President Trump held a rally last night in Ohio targeted at a congressman, a Republican congressman who voted to impeach him.
And he, of course, kept pushing last night again the big lie that the 2020 election was rigged. This all comes as Arizona Republicans are completing their ridiculous partisan audit. Other states are considering doing the same.
Even former Attorney General Bill Barr called it all in an interview in “The Atlantic” magazine — and you will pardon my French — “bullshit.” That’s a quote from the attorney general, former attorney general.
Do these repeated lies about the election, the whitewashing of what happened January 6, do you think it undermines American democracy? And, if so, do you think that more of your Republican colleagues need to speak out?
ROMNEY: Well, I do think it’s important for each person to speak the truth and to make clear that the big lie is exactly that.
I can tell you that it is surely being used around the world to minimize the support for democracy. I mean, there’s a battle going on in the world right now between the autocratic nations, like China and Russia, and nations that believe in democracy.
And if the autocratic nations can point to the United States, which is the birthplace really of this modern democracy, and can say, look, they can’t even run an election there that’s not fraudulent, how can you possibly run it in your country, that obviously is having an impact on the cause of democracy and freedom around the world.
But I also think, frankly, Jake, that, here in the U.S., there’s a growing recognition that this is a bit like WWF, that it’s entertaining, but it’s not real. And I know people want to say, yes, they believe in the big lie in some cases, but I think people recognize that it’s a lot of show and bombast, but it’s going nowhere. The election is over. It was fair.
Look, the president was saying — was crying foul on election night and actually before election night. And the question is, what were his sources of information? Where did he hear that the election had been fraudulently carried out?
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