Maria Bartiromo encourages Trump to push conspiracy theories about the 2020 election being stolen

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Citation From the July 11, 2021, edition of Fox News' Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo

MARIA BARTIROMO (FOX NEWS ANCHOR): Mr. President, you just referred to the 2020 election. I want to refer you to an article in The Federalist over the weekend, and it says new evidence indicates enough illegal votes in Georgia to tip the 2020 results. This is from The Federalist. I want to get your thoughts on what's taking place right now in Arizona and in Georgia with regard to that as you continue to post and discuss election 2020.

DONALD TRUMP (FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES): That's right. Well the Federalist, they have 35,000 votes, and that's far more, numerous times more than we need to win that state, but there are many other things in Georgia. Georgia was so corrupt, it was so incredibly corrupt. Frankly nobody has seen anything like it, and you have a secretary of state, you have a governor that does nothing about it, and they have to get on the ball -- but 35,000 votes, and this is just one category.

If you look at what's going on in Arizona, Arizona has been incredible, the state senators in Arizona have taken it to heart. They're doing an audit, a forensic audit like you haven't seen really in this country. They're going to be announcing the result. That's done by them, it's not done by me, these are great patriots. They going to be announcing the results of that audit, Maria, I hear over the next two or three weeks and, you know, I would imagine it would be horrendous. But we'll see, maybe it'll be wonderful, but we're going to see. It's a very big deal and this is again done by the senate, the state senate of a state that looked and they watched and they said wow we are being scammed.

Take a look at Pennsylvania, they're now starting an audit. So many areas in New Hampshire, they found horrible things in New Hampshire with respect to the voting, and we're talking about all determinative, the word is determinative. In other words, things that would overturn. I'm not saying if you lost by 10,000 votes and you found three votes of dead people as an example. No, I'm talking about many times the 10,000 votes necessary. We won this election in a landslide. We got 12 million more votes, Maria, 12 million more than I got the last time, the last time I won. This was the rigged election, and the people aren't standing for it. So we will go forward and let's see what happens. 

BARTIROMO: Mr. President, you know that the Supreme Court would not take any of this up, and today we are facing a situation where you're not even allowed to discuss any of this. You get attacked on social media if you raise any irregularities. I want to get your take on where we go from here because there are 14 states that have come up with new voting laws. Do you think that the current laws on the books and these new laws will ensure a fair and free election in 2022 and 2024. 

TRUMP: That's right. States like Texas and others have taken it to heart. They saw what happened, they saw the travesty of the election. They know what happened. They were very strong during the election and we won Texas very easily. But they know exactly what happened, and they've drawn up new laws. Many states, I think you have -- I think it's going to be 41 states are looking at it very strongly because they saw the travesty of the 2020 election, and we can't have that where a large percentage of our population and 78% of the Republican Party thinks the election was rigged and stolen. We can't have that as a country. We were known for great elections, for honest elections. These elections were so corrupt with the mail-in ballots by the thousands and people getting three, four, and five mail-in ballots just like in New York. Look what happened in New York, and look what happened previously in New York with a congressional race. They never had any idea who won that race.

So this was a terrible blot on our country and our country's history and our country as a free and fair place. You can't allow this to happen. We were very disappointed by the Supreme Court because they didn't have the courage to take it up. They didn't want anything to do with it, too controversial, they didn't want anything. The Supreme Court didn't have the courage to take it up, and they should be ashamed of themselves.