Before the election, Barr echoed Trump’s falsehood that voting by mail was associated with “substantial fraud.” After the election, however, Barr told the Associated Press he had not seen fraud on a scale that would invalidate Joe Biden’s victory.
Barr’s “conclusion sent a definitive message that the effort to overturn the election was without merit,” Karl wrote in an excerpt published in The Atlantic June 27.
That same day, Trump issued a statement claiming that Barr “failed to investigate election fraud, and really let down the American people.”
Barr and other Republicans “are being used in order to try to convince people that the election was legitimate when so many incredible facts have now come out to show conclusively that it wasn’t,” said a Trump statement issued by his Save America political action committee.
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Trump pushed a false argument of a stolen election even before Election Day in November. Trump is still wrong in claiming that “facts have now come out to show conclusively” that the 2020 election was illegitimate.
No evidence has emerged to reverse the election results in any state.
“Any such evidence would be earth-shattering,” said Matthew Weil, an election expert at the Bipartisan Policy Center. “And the fact it hasn’t materialized more than six months after the voting stopped indicates that the election was legitimate and secure.”
I don’t feel sorry for Bill Barr. I don’t think Bill Barr feels sorry for himself either. He probably just blew this off as just more hot air from his former boss.