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Did Trey Gowdy Praise '2000 Mules'?

According to a viral meme, Gowdy attended a viewing of the film purporting to prove the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.

Published May 12, 2022

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Former congressman Trey Gowdy praised the film "2000 Mules" after attending its premiere.

Fact Check

In May 2022, a fake quote was attributed to former congressman Trey Gowdy in an attempt to hype the film "2000 Mules" on social media:

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This is not a genuine quote from Gowdy. It doesn't appear on Gowdy's social media feeds, nor does it appear in any genuine news articles about "2000 Mules" or Gowdy.

Gowdy confirmed to The Associated Press that this quote is fake and that he had never seen or even heard of the film: “Both assertions are completely false. Never said it. Didn’t attend. Never heard of the movie much less seen the movie. So, it’s false at every level.”

"2000 Mules" is a documentary released in May 2022 by Dinesh D'Souza, a right-wing political commentator who received a pardon from former U.S. President Donald Trump after pleading guilty to violating campaign finance laws in 2014. The film attempts to further the discredited premise that the 2020 election was marred by widespread voter fraud.

A number of news organizations looked into the movie's claims and found them to be sorely lacking. The Washington Post said the film offered the "least convincing election-fraud theory yet." The Associated Press wrote that there were "gaping holes" in the film's claims, and the Denver Post wrote that the film used "faulty assumptions, anonymous accounts and improper analysis of cellphone location data."

The movie has received little to no attention from mainstream conservative media outlets.


“Analysis | ‘2000 Mules’ Offers the Least Convincing Election-Fraud Theory Yet.” Washington Post. www.washingtonpost.com, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/05/11/2000-mules-offers-least-convincing-election-fraud-theory-yet/. Accessed 12 May 2022.

“PolitiFact - The Faulty Premise of the ‘2,000 Mules’ Trailer about Voting by Mail in the 2020 Election.” Politifact, https://www.politifact.com/article/2022/may/04/faulty-premise-2000-mules-trailer-about-voting-mai/. Accessed 12 May 2022.

Press, Ali Swenson |. The Associated. “Fact-Checking ‘2000 Mules,’ the Movie Alleging Ballot Fraud.” The Denver Post, 8 May 2022, https://www.denverpost.com/2022/05/08/2000-mules-fact-check/.

Staten, Adam. “Dinesh D’Souza Slams Tucker Carlson, Newsmax over New Documentary Coverage.” Newsweek, 9 May 2022, https://www.newsweek.com/dinesh-dsouza-slams-tucker-carlson-newsmax-over-new-documentary-coverage-1704863.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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