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Trump slams ‘jerk’ Sen. Rounds for defending 2020 election results

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Former President Donald Trump rounded on Sen. Mike Rounds on Monday, calling him a “RINO” and “jerk” one day after the South Dakota Republican stood by the 2020 presidential election results. 

In an interview with ABC News‘ “This Week,” Rounds told host George Stephanopoulos that Trump “simply did not win the election.”

“While there were some irregularities, there were none of the irregularities which would have risen to the point where they would have changed the vote outcome in a single state,” he said.

“We simply did not win the election, as Republicans, for the presidency,” Rounds added. “And if we simply look back and tell our people ‘Don’t vote because there’s cheating going on,’ then we’re going to put ourselves in a huge disadvantage.”

Trump, who has repeatedly claimed massive fraud cost him his re-election bid, blasted Rounds by saying he went “woke.” 

“‘Senator’ Mike Rounds of the Great State of South Dakota just went woke on the Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020,” the 45th president said in a statement released by his Save America PAC. “He made a statement this weekend on ABC Fake News, that despite massive evidence to the contrary, including much of it pouring in from Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and other states, he found the election to be ok—just fine. Is he crazy or just stupid?”

“We simply did not win the election, as Republicans, for the presidency,” Sen. Mike Rounds said.
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Trump then expressed regret for endorsing Rounds in the senator’s 2020 re-election effort, saying the senator “thinks he has time.” 

“Even though his election will not be coming up for 5 years, I will never endorse this jerk again,” he added. 

Trump went on to accuse Rounds of being a “RINO” — Republican in name only — who is “allowing Democrats to destroy” the US. 

“Our Borders, our Military, our Economy, Inflation, the horrible handling of the China Virus and Afghanistan, and rampant crime throughout our Democrat-run cities are ripping our Country apart,” he said. “We are a laughingstock throughout the world when we were respected and even feared just 1 year ago. There were no thoughts of Russia with Ukraine, China with Taiwan, Iran with nuclear weapons, or North Korea with nasty statements.”

Trump repeated his vow to never endorse Rounds again, saying, “The Radical Left Democrats and RINOS, like ‘Senator’ Mike Rounds, do not make it easy for our Country to succeed. He is a weak and ineffective leader, and I hereby firmly pledge that he will never receive my Endorsement again!”

Former President Donald Trump retaliated by saying he regretted endorsing Sen. Mike Rounds in his 2020 re-election effort.
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Trump’s comments come as several of his allies face an investigation from the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, which the former president has downplayed as a peaceful protest.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have labeled the riot an “insurrection,” while Trump claims the “real” insurrection took place during the 2020 election. 

Rounds, who voted to certify the election results and voted against convicting Trump after the House impeached him on a count of inciting insurrection, admitted Sunday the former president can be prosecuted “if there’s evidence there” of wrongdoing by him in connection with the riot.

Sen. Mike Rounds voted to certify the election results and voted against convicting former President Donald Trump after the House impeached him over the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
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“What happens with a president is that he has the shield of office, which in many cases prohibits or limits the ability of the courts to address issues surrounding that. What an impeachment does is take away that shield. President Trump was no longer president at the time that that [impeachment trial] occurred,” Rounds said. “The courts are the appropriate place where those questions should be answered.”