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Republican Judges, Lawyers Conclude 2020 Election Was ‘Lost, Not Stolen’

by Atlanta Business Journal

A group of eight prominent Republicans including judges and lawyers have reached the “unequivocal” conclusion that the 2020 presidential election was not “stolen” from former President Donald Trump.

A detailed report released on Thursday titled “Lost, Not Stolen: The Conservative Case that Trump Lost and Biden Won the 2020 Presidential Election” includes a state-by-state debunking of popular election fraud claims promoted by Trump and his allies. The group that released the report consists of GOP election lawyer Ben Ginsberg, former U.S. Senators John Danforth and Gordon Smith, former Solicitor General Ted Olson, former congressional chief of staff David Hoppe and three former federal judges.

The report reviewed all 64 failed lawsuits launched in the aftermath of the election, as well as multiple post-election reviews and audits that failed to prove massive fraud. The Republicans wrote that, “Trump and his supporters had their day in court and failed to produce substantive evidence to make their case.” They said that reviews that took place after the election “also failed to support the allegations from Trump and his supporters.”

Massive election fraud claims that have been more popular recently, such as those featured in conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza’s movie 2000 Mules, were dismissed as “thoroughly debunked.” The report asserted that what 2000 Mules “claims to portray is simply not supported by the evidence invoked by the film.”

The eight Republicans who authored the “Lost, Not Stolen” report concluded that “Donald Trump and his supporters had their day in court and failed to produce substantive evidence to make their case.” Trump is pictured during a rally in Anchorage, Alaska, on July 9, 2022.
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“Our conclusion is unequivocal: Joe Biden was the choice of a majority of the Electors, who themselves were the choice of the majority of voters in their states,” the report says. “Donald Trump and his supporters have failed to present evidence of fraud or inaccurate results significant enough to invalidate the results of the 2020 Presidential Election.”

“There is absolutely no evidence of fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election on the magnitude necessary to shift the result in any state, let alone the nation as a whole,” it continues. “In fact, there was no fraud that changed the outcome in even a single precinct. It is wrong, and bad for our country, for people to propagate baseless claims that President Biden’s election was not legitimate.”

The report’s authors went on to “urge our fellow conservatives to cease obsessing over the results of the 2020 election, and to focus instead on presenting candidates and ideas that offer a positive vision for overcoming our current difficulties and bringing greater peace, prosperity, and liberty to our nation.”

While some recent polling has suggested that a significant number of Republicans may be moving away from Trump and an election that took place nearly two years ago, the former president has continued to focus on his loss. Trump frequently refers to the result as “the crime of the century,” a phrase that he also plans to use as the title of a book about his unsubstantiated massive fraud claims.

Newsweek reached out to Trump’s office for comment.

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