Dean Heller, a GOP candidate who’s operating in Nevada’s gubernatorial race, refused to acknowledge that President Joe Biden is, in truth, the president, an indication that the Republican Social gathering refuses to let the “Huge Lie” of election fraud go.

“I nonetheless know who the president is, however I do consider we’ve got an issue with elections,” Heller said in an interview on the Washoe County Republican headquarters.

Heller additionally declined to acknowledge former President Donald Trump’s position in stirring his supporters to assault america Capitol on January 6, saying he doesn’t blame Trump for the occasion.

“I believe what was mistaken was clearly once they went into the Capitol constructing,” he stated. “They made these selections on their very own. I don’t blame the president. I’ve seen the movies. I’ve seen what he stated throughout the rallies, throughout the protests. And I believe that there’s no approach for my part that he was accountable for the actions of those people of going inside that Capitol constructing and doing what they did.”

Heller made his remarks even supposing Trump was impeached for inciting an riot in opposition to Congress and continues to face lawsuits from people, together with lawmakers, who had been affected by the assault, which happened on the false premise that the election was stolen.

Regardless of the dearth of proof that the 2020 normal election was fraudulent, Heller insisted that election integrity is a bipartisan concern, drawing a false equivalency Democratic protests over alleged Russian election meddling and collusion in 2016 with Republican accusations of election fraud.

“We’re speaking about altering the result of an election. We’re speaking about altering by manipulating the method,” he stated. “So each side thought that their candidate had gained. That was my level, that election fraud is a bipartisan problem. Either side are involved about their candidates and the result of those elections. And that’s my level, Whether or not it’s Russian collusion or its poll harvesting, it does change the outcomes of elections whether it is abused.”

Heller insisted that “the final time Nevada had a protected, safe election” was throughout his tenure as Secretary of State between 1995 and 2007.

Heller beforehand served in america Senate however did not win re-election in 2018 after serving an entire six-year time period.