The star Green Bay Packers quarterback appeared to express doubt over the weekend that Joe Biden received 81 million votes in the 2020 election, and his comments were used Monday by former President Donald Trumpâ€™s team to repeat the lie that Bidenâ€™s victory was stolen. (See the video below.)
â€œYou never had quarterbacks questioning President Trumpâ€™s legitimacy,â€ Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington said on Steve Bannonâ€™s â€œWar Room: Pandemicâ€ podcast. â€œYouâ€™ve got Aaron Rodgers just flat-out calling it out and saying, â€™81 million votes? Yeah, I guess, but it doesnâ€™t certainly look like it.â€™â€
Trump and his minionsâ€™ groundless accusations, which fueled the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol, seemed to be receiving some credence from Rodgers, whose football team lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round.
In an anti-vaccine rant aimed at Biden before his teamâ€™s defeat, Rodgers, who is unvaccinated, told ESPN: â€œWhen the president of the United States says, â€˜This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,â€™ itâ€™s because him and his constituents, which â€” I donâ€™t know how there are any if you watch any of his attempts at public speaking â€” but I guess he got 81 million votes.â€
Rodgers blathered on with false information about Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics on vaccines and said the â€œfake White Houseâ€ is â€œnot helping the conversation.â€
Rodgersâ€™ anti-vaccine stance is well known. He notoriously lied about his vaccination status before catching COVID-19, and went off on the â€œwoke mobâ€ while repeating dubious comments about vaccines.
The Packers didnâ€™t immediately return HuffPostâ€™s request for comment on their starâ€™s remarks.