A former official below Donald Trump’s administration mentioned this week that the previous president is not in opposition to “rigging” elections if it can profit him.
“He’s in opposition to rigged elections after they damage him,” Ken Cuccinelli, a former official with the Division of Homeland Safety below Trump’s administration, advised Politico Playbook on Friday. “He does not look like in opposition to rigging elections to assist him.”
“They’re seeking to rig the system of their favor,” Cuccinelli, who based the By no means Again Down PAC supporting Ron DeSantis in his 2024 bid for the presidency, added in his dialog with Politico Playbook.
Earlier this week, Trump was federally indicted in connection to the riots on the Capitol on January 6 and his alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election. On Thursday, Trump pled not responsible to the fees together with conspiracy to defraud the USA, conspiracy in opposition to rights, conspiracy to hinder an official continuing and obstruction of and the try and hinder an official continuing.
Following his arraignment, Trump mentioned it was a “unhappy day for America,” including that “it was additionally very unhappy driving by means of Washington, D.C., and seeing the filth and the decay, and all the damaged buildings and partitions, and the graffiti. This isn’t the place that I left. It is a very unhappy factor to see it.”
Because the 2020 election, which resulted in a victory for President Joe Biden, Trump has continued to say that the election was “rigged,” and stolen from him.
“He solely received within the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA…I concede NOTHING! We have now an extended method to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!” Trump wrote in a tweet in 2020.
In a TruthSocial submit final month, Trump made one other point out of the 2020 election being rigged saying, “We’ll have enjoyable on the stand with all of those folks that say the Presidential Election wasn’t Rigged and Stollen. THE TRIAL OF THE CENTURY!!!” alluding to the federal indictment he acquired a number of days later.
In Could, Trump appeared on CNN for a City Corridor in New Hampshire and as soon as once more spoke concerning the 2020 election being rigged.
“Once you have a look at what occurred throughout that election, except you are a really silly individual you see what occurred,” Trump mentioned. “It was a rigged election and it was a disgrace that we needed to undergo it.”
In March, Cuccinelli launched the By no means Again Down PAC and urged DeSantis to run for president.
“America’s future is Ron DeSantis. Ron DeSantis does not simply speak, he acts. However most of all, he by no means backs down…Governor DeSantis, at present, I am asking you to run for president. You have had our again, now we can have yours,” Cuccinelli mentioned in a video saying the creation of the PAC.
Newsweek reached out to the By no means Again Down PAC by way of e-mail for remark.
In line with a 2024 Republican main monitoring ballot, carried out by Morning Seek the advice of, Trump and DeSantis at the moment stay the highest two candidates. The ballot reveals that Trump at the moment leads with 58 p.c and DeSantis is second with 15 p.c. The latest monitoring ballot from Morning Seek the advice of was carried out from July 28 to July 30 and surveyed 3,716 potential voters within the Republican main race.
Newsweek reached out to Trump’s spokesperson by way of e-mail for remark.