Former President Donald Trump revisited familiar themes in an interview with Sebastian Gorka on Tuesday, touching on the COVID-19 pandemic and unsubstantiated claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
Trump spoke to Gorka’s AMERICA First podcast in a 30-minute interview that covered a wide range of topics and saw the Republican repeat many recent arguments and complaints.
Gorka served as deputy assistant to then President Trump from January to August 2017 and has been one of his outspoken supporters and a critic of the so-called “deep state.”
In particular, Trump returned to claims that the presidential election had suffered from massive voter fraud and other irregularities that cost him the victory. Courts have consistently rejected these arguments from the Trump campaign and other challengers.
“It was a third-world operation in many of the states but in particular in the swing states,” Trump said.
“Because where we lost … We didn’t lose, we won,” he said. “But where they say we lost is the swing states and we didn’t lose in the swing states, we won them big.”
Trump cited his victories in states like Ohio and Alabama and questioned that he could have lost in Georgia. The Peach State had long been considered reliably red but President Joe Biden carried it by fewer than 13,000 votes.
Earlier in the interview, Trump discussed COVID-19 lockdowns and criticized Michigan and California for their approach to the virus and the economy. He praised states led by Republican governors such as Florida and Texas.
Gorka highlighted a recent announcement about measures in the military including maternity flight suits, which have faced criticism from some conservatives.
In remarks delivered on International Women’s Day on March 8, President Joe Biden announced changes in military gear that would include better fitting female body armor and maternity flight suits for pregnant service members. These changes are designed to make it easier for women to serve in the military.
Trump responded that the world was laughing at the U.S., a claim he often made during the 2016 campaign.
The former president also touted his endorsements of Republican candidates and said the GOP had a “great bench” for the 2022 midterm elections.
“The endorsement that I give has a lot to do with a lot of victories, which is a great honor for me because people trust us,” Trump said. “And you see what’s happening is when I endorse somebody they’re winning.”
“I think we’re gonna have a victory in a year and a half,” Trump said of the upcoming midterm elections.
Speaking about recent events at the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump made remarks reminiscent of his 2016 presidential campaign rhetoric about undocumented immigrants.
“The border’s a disaster,” he said, adding: “Many of these people are bad people where the countries don’t want them. They put them in caravans and we end up getting murderers and drug dealers and human traffickers.”
Trump would not be drawn in discussing his specific future plans but called for donations through his website and said he was “raising a lot of money.”
“Our country is being destroyed,” Trump said. “It’s being destroyed at the borders. What they’re doing with the military is horrible. So many different things and we have to save this country.”