Trump Ally Matt Gaetz Says 'We're Proving the Fraud' After Multiple Failed Election Lawsuits

Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz has claimed that Republicans are proving there was fraud in the 2020 presidential election, but they are not getting the "remedies" they want after multiple lawsuit failures.

Gaetz, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump who represents Florida's 1st congressional district, told Fox News on Sunday that there was evidence to support Trump's claims that the election was stolen from him.

He pointed to mail-in ballots, which the president repeatedly attacked before Election Day on November 3. Trump and his allies have made unsubstantiated claims that vote-by-mail is more susceptible to mass voter fraud.

The quote

"The main legal problem for the Trump team is that illegal ballots have been co-mingled with larger universes of ballots, so you can prove that there is fraud as to some ballots," Gaetz said.

"But if those fraudulent ballots are then mixed into a larger pool, it's very difficult to obtain remedies from the courts to exclude that entire pool of polluted ballots.

"But we should not act as if his is some unsolvable problem. Election fraud really requires two things. One—a very large pool of unaccounted for ballots that aren't attached to a human—and then second is the rapid processing of those ballots.

"So someone should only get a ballot in the mail if they asked for one but Democrats were able to create this universe of millions of ballots," Gaetz said.

"And then they were not processed as they came in in most states, we did do that in Florida, by the way, instead they process them two, four, six hundred thousand at the time. Then they exclude the observers and then they just wrap those polluted ballots into a broader universe and I think that is where we're proving the fraud but not obtaining the remedies that we would like to see."

Why it matters

Trump and his campaign have made claims of voter fraud but so far they've produced no evidence. More than 40 lawsuits have been filed regarding the election results, some with no direct involvement from the president, but they have been predominantly unsuccessful so far.

Speaking to Fox Business on Sunday, the president said: "We're not allowed to put in our proof. They say you don't have standing."

"We have affidavits, we have hundreds and hundreds of affidavits," Trump added, saying he wanted to "file one nice, big beautiful lawsuit."

On November 28, the Pennsylvania supreme court threw out a lower court's order that had prevented the state from certifying its election results, saying the Republican plaintiffs had "failed to allege that even a single mail-in ballot was fraudulently cast or counted."

Context

The Trump campaign has made numerous allegations of voter fraud since Election Day on November 3. The president has spread unsubstantiated accusations on social media and both the campaign and Republicans at the state level have sought relief from the courts.

While the lawsuits have failed to change the outcome of the election, Trump, Gaetz and other Republicans have continued to claim that the election was "rigged" or "stolen" from the president.

There is no evidence to support Gaetz' claim of mass voter fraud, and the president's claim that Republican election observers weren't allowed to view counting in some states has been rated false by fact-checking site PolitiFact.

Rep. Matt Gaetz Questions AG William Barr
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) questions U.S. Attorney General William Barr during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on July 28, 2020 in Washington, DC. Gatez has claimed Republicans have been proving election fraud. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images