Fact Check: Trey Gowdy Did NOT Say He Saw Movie '2000 Mules' Or He 'Always Believed That Rampant Cheating Occurred' In Election

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Trey Gowdy Did NOT Say He Saw Movie '2000 Mules' Or He 'Always Believed That Rampant Cheating Occurred' In Election Didn't Say It

Did former U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy say he saw the movie "2000 Mules" at Mar-a-Lago and that he "always believed that rampant cheating occurred" in the 2020 election? No, that's not true: The Republican from South Carolina told Lead Stories both claims are "100 percent false."

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) by the account Trey Gowdy Now on May 9, 2022. It opens:

The truth will set you free

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed May 11 19:26:42 2022 UTC)

The quote under a photo of Gowdy read:

I was privileged to be at Mar-a-Lago for the premiere of 2000 Mules. I always believed that rampant cheating occurred but was skeptical that it could be proven. After watching the movie I am no longer skeptical. @DineshDSouza has them dead to rights IMHO. God bless you Dinesh.

In an email to Lead Stories on May 11, 2022, Gowdy said he had not made the comments:

Both assertions are totally false. Haven't seen the movie (at Mar a Lago or anywhere else). Didn't even know there was a movie. Never said what was attributed to me. So both are 100 percent false.

Former President Donald Trump held a screening of the Dinesh D'Souza movie, which claims voter fraud in the 2020 election, at his Florida home, Mar-a-Lago, on May 4, 2022, Newsweek reported.

Lead Stories has debunked several claims involving D'Souza. You can see those stories here.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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