Rep. Steve Scalise, the House’s second-ranking Republican, nonetheless refuses to acknowledge the 2020 presidential election’s legitimacy, nearly a 12 months after nearly all of states and Congress elected President Joe Biden.
The Louisiana congressman spoke on Sunday with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, repeating a false declare broadly unfold by GOP members that some states ― particularly these the place election outcomes favored Biden over incumbent Donald Trump ― didn’t comply with the Constitution when certifying their votes.
“I’ve been very clear from the beginning ― if you look at a number of states, they didn’t follow their state-passed laws that govern the election for president,” stated Scalise, who voted towards certifying the election outcomes. “That is what the United States Constitution says. They don’t say that the states determine what the rules are, they say the state legislatures determine the rules.”
“But the states all certified [the election],” Wallace stated.
“Right, but at the end of the day, are we gonna follow what the Constitution says or not? I hope we get back to what the Constitution says, but clearly a number of states, they didn’t follow those legislative rules.”
Scalise repeatedly refused to say what irregularities he believes occurred during which states. He additionally didn’t say what the legislatures’ particular preferences the states went towards.
Wallace didn’t problem the congressman’s false allegations that had been an try to solid doubt on the election’s outcomes, which had been free and truthful.
Some state courts allowed extra voters extra means ― comparable to mail-in ballots ― and time to vote, no matter social gathering affiliation. These changes fell in keeping with the state constitutions and had been in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic that has now killed over 700,000 Americans. Every investigation into the election ― together with by the Justice Department ― has confirmed the legitimacy of the outcomes, and confirmed how uncommon voter fraud is.
When Wallace requested a number of instances if Scalise believes the election was “stolen,” the congressman continued to repeat the identical lies about states not following the Constitution. He evaded straight answering whether or not he believes the election was fraudulent.
This just isn’t the primary time Scalise publicly refused to rebuke the so-called “Big Lie” peddled by Trump and his allies that the election was “stolen” and rife with voter fraud. In February, the Republican acknowledged that “Biden’s the president” however didn’t straight say whether or not the election wasn’t stolen.
Following his feedback on Sunday, Rep. Liz Cheney blasted Scalise. The Wyoming Republican’s rejection of the voter fraud lie has led to her alienation from most of her social gathering. She is now vice chair of the Jan. 6 House choose committee investigating the Capitol rebellion.
“Millions of Americans have been sold a fraud that the election was stolen,” she tweeted. “Republicans have a duty to tell the American people that this is not true. Perpetuating the Big Lie is an attack on the core of our constitutional republic.”