The Department of Justice (DOJ) has strongly rejected President Donald Trump’s falsehoods that the 2020 election was stolen. On Thursday, the DOJ issued a filing affirming that Trump’s unsubstantiated belief that the election was stolen is not a valid legal defense to the allegations of election interference. The filing comes after Trump pushed unsupported claims of fraud and misconduct in the wake of the 2020 election, repeatedly citing that he believed the election had been “stolen” from him as his justification for his actions. Trump has openly sought to challenge the results of the election, leading to nationwide recounts, legal challenges, and numerous lawsuits that have each failed to hold up in court. In response, the DOJ issued a filing that explicitly stated that Trump’s belief that the election was stolen is not a legitimate defense. While the filing did not directly reference the election, the context was made abundantly clear, with the DOJ citing Trump’s legal team’s arguments of “general allegations of fraud” as having “no basis in fact”. The filing noted that legally challenging the election could harm the nation, as well as individuals, organizations, and other groups. It reiterated that such action could only be justified if there was actual evidence of fraud or misconduct – something Trump’s legal team had failed to prove. The filing further emphasized that while citizens have the right to their beliefs, those beliefs must be backed up by fact in order for them to be valid. This, the DOJ noted, is why the President has been repeatedly been unable to provide sufficient legal evidence for his allegations of election fraud. In the end, the DOJ made it clear that Trump’s unfounded belief that the 2020 election was “stolen” was not an adequate defense against the claims of election interference. It was a clear rejection of the President’s narrative, and a reminder that beliefs must be backed up with facts when making legal arguments in court.