Florida Governor Ron DeSantis slammed Bill Maher during an interview this week for bringing up how some members of the Republican Party have claimed that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, saying that many Democrats did the same thing in 2016.
DeSantis made the remarks during an appearance on “Real Time” Friday evening to discuss his record as governor and his Republican presidential campaign.
After discussing the recent GOP primary debate and former President Donald Trump, Maher brought up how DeSantis helped campaign for some Republicans who were so-called “election deniers.”
“This I do not forgive,” Maher said. “I mean, Kari Lake, who said Biden’s an illegitimate president. Trump didn’t —”
DeSantis fired back by noting that Lake has repeatedly attacked him since he announced his presidential campaign, despite praising him in the past, including making claims that were false about how he managed the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Well now she’s attacking me, so maybe I did make a mistake there because she’s out there trying to say that we mandated vax in Florida,” DeSantis said. “We did the opposite. We protected people, even from private mandates, so that may have been —”
Maher pressed DeSantis on why he campaigned for Republicans who denied that Trump lost the election, to which DeSantis responded: “Because I wanted to see Republicans win key races.”
“That’s not a deal breaker issue for you?” Maher asked. “That’s not democracy?”
“Okay, well, let’s go back to 2016,” DeSantis responded. “Your friends in Hollywood were cutting ads telling the Electoral College to vote against Trump in the Electoral College because it was stolen. They said Russia stole the election; for years they said that, so don’t act like this is like a unique thing in modern history of the country.”