Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis ‘unsubstantiated’ Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud in Iowa.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stated that the allegations Trump and his friends made about a stolen election were untrue one day after former President Donald Trump was charged with conspiring to rig the 2020 election.

DeSantis has avoided inquiries about Trump’s efforts to reverse his defeat in the 2020 election for months. He is one of several contenders vying to be the Republican nominee for president in 2024. The Florida governor, however, rejected the idea of a rigged election with the utmost force on Friday.

According to audio from the Iowa campaign event on Friday, DeSantis stated, “I’ve said many times: The election is what it is.” “None of the theories that were floated turned out to be true.”

The New York Times broke the news of his remarks first.

DeSantis avoided directly criticizing Trump in his response and said that the 2020 race was not “conducted the way I think that we want.” Additionally, he falsely charged that social media platforms were “stifling information” in the 2020 election and that anonymous election officials were “harvesting votes.”

DeSantis continued, “But that’s different than saying ‘Maduro stole votes’ or something like that,'” referring to the unproven assertion that Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro somehow impacted the result. You know, it turned out that such theories were unfounded.

When asked if he had seen the broadcast of Trump’s arraignment on Thursday, DeSantis responded that he had only caught a brief glimpse since he had been in charge of a Florida execution.

Requests for responses from the DeSantis campaign’s representatives were not immediately fulfilled.

DeSantis has a history of evading inquiries on Trump’s attempts to rig the 2020 election as well as his activities on January 6, 2021, when a violent pro-Trump crowd attempted to stop the certification of the result.

DeSantis dodged a question on whether Trump “violated the peaceful transfer of power” at a town hall in New Hampshire in June, despite demonstrating a newfound readiness to criticize the outgoing president on other issues.

A lot of Republican presidential candidates have avoided talking about the incident on January 6. But DeSantis stands out for how circumspectly he has avoided assigning the former president specific responsibility, even as he has pursued him on other fronts. He has called the Jan. 6 uprising everything from “unacceptable” on the day of the attack to “a dead horse” and just a media fixation in response to inquiries about it.

DeSantis changed his tune during a campaign event last month and criticized Trump for his actions on January 6; nonetheless, he refuted Republican claims that the Justice Department is politically biased and did not support an inquiry or charges against the president.

DeSantis hinted that if elected, he would absolve Trump of all federal charges during an appearance on the “Megyn Kelly Show” last month.

DeSantis stated on the show that he did not believe it would be beneficial for the nation for a nearly 80-year-old former president to spend time in prison.

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