Over the almost hour-long interview, Trump attacked Democrats, the system of mail-in voting and the cities of Detroit, Philadelphia and Milwaukee for supposed cheating and corruption. Even Trump’s former allies weren’t spared, as he criticized Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp for not doing more to help advance his baseless claims of fraud. He then continued spreading doubt about the election results on Twitter.
Here are the facts behind Trump’s falsehood-filled weekend.
Trump insisted he won the election because his opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, could not have possibly received the number of votes currently attributed to him.
“We won the election easily,” Trump said. “There’s no way Joe Biden got 80 million votes.”
Facts First: Trump did not win the election according to projections from CNN and other major news networks, including Fox News.
“This election was rigged,” Trump said at least three times in the interview, adding on two occasions that it was also “a total fraud.”
Facts First: Trump’s efforts to discredit the results of the election are not new. However, federal officials have said there was no widespread fraud or irregularities during the election.
Despite repeated denials of any wrongdoing from federal and state officials, Trump made it clear in the interview that he was unlikely to change his tune anytime soon. “My mind will not change in six months,” he told Bartiromo. “There was tremendous cheating.”
Control of Congress
Trump claimed the Republicans “didn’t lose one seat” in Congress and ultimately “we won Congress, we won the Senate.”
So far, Republicans have gained one seat in the Senate and lost two, putting them at 50 seats to the Democrats’ 48. However, Georgia’s two Senate seats are up for grabs in an upcoming runoff election that will ultimately determine which party controls the Senate.
In the interview, Trump claimed that foreign leaders had phoned him to declare the US presidential contest was the “most messed up election I’ve ever seen.”
Facts First: The White House has read-out zero foreign leader phone calls since the end of October. Furthermore, nearly every major US ally has congratulated Biden on his win.
According to Trump, the widely used voting machines from election technology company Dominion Voting Systems “had glitches where they moved thousands of votes from my account to Biden’s account.
Facts First: There is absolutely no evidence of this happening.
Citing Wisconsin as an example of corruption, Trump said, “I really won the state.”
Facts First: This is false.
Trump also called into question the security of the Dominion systems by implying the way the votes are counted is suspicious.
“Nobody even knows where the votes are counted,” Trump said. “You know the votes and Dominion, they say, are counted in foreign countries.”
Facts First: The company has denied these allegations.
On “60 Minutes” Sunday evening Christopher Krebs, formerly the country’s top cybersecurity official who Trump fired shortly after Election Day, also pushed back on allegations of a corrupted election, saying, “There is no foreign power that is flipping votes.”
Trump’s attacks weren’t limited to the election. Asked by Bartiromo whether he would appoint a special counsel to look into the allegations of fraud, Trump took the opportunity to repeat falsehoods about the investigation led by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller whom he claimed spent $48 million and yet found nothing.
“They went through everything for 48 million,” Trump said, “and they found no collusion, no nothing.”
Facts First: This is untrue on two counts.
Facts First: Officials have refuted this claim.
A spokesperson from the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General told CNN, “This is another baseless allegation of fraud.”
“There is no proof,” the spokesperson said. “This did not happen.
CNN’s Casey Tolan contributed to this article.