House Minority Whip Steve Scalise got taken to the woodshed by ABC News host Jonathan Karl on Sunday when the Louisiana congressman continually refused to respond to what role former President Donald Trump may have played in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection that left 5 people dead.

Karl began the interview by asking Scalise about his recent pilgrimage to see Trump at Mar-a-Lago:

“Did you ask him to take responsibility [for the insurrection]? Did he take responsibility?”

Instead of responding, Scalise tried to dodge the query:

“It was a conversation more about how he is doing now and what he’s planning on doing and what his family is doing.”

The ABC host pushed back:

“But wait a minute. He hasn’t taken responsibility. You heard Kevin McCarthy say it. I mean, do you agree with what Kevin McCarthy said there. That the president must take responsibility? That the facts demand that he take responsibility for what happened on Jan. 6?”

Scalise prevaricated yet again:

“Surely, there’s a lot of blame to go around. But at the end of the day, the people that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, it was a disgrace and they need to be held accountable.”

Karl continued to try and get Scalise to respond to his questions, but Scalise began talking about impeachment:

“It seems like all they have done since the day he walked into office was try to impeach him. But when you look at that trial, they ran a clip of pretty much every United States senator who voted to impeach President Trump who talked about things like go and fight like hell and other things like that.”

After more back and forth, Karl asked Scalise if President Joe Biden had won the 2020 election:

“The election was not stolen, correct?”

The congressman responded:

“There were a few states that did not follow their state laws. That’s really the dispute that you’ve seen continue on.”

Notice Scalise didn’t say what states he was referring to, which led Karl to tell him:

“But, Congressman. I know Joe Biden is the president. He lives at the White House. I asked you is he the legitimate president of the United States and do you concede that this election was not stolen? Very simple question. Please, just answer it.”

Scalise told the host:

“Once the electors are counted, yes. He’s the legitimate president. But if you’re going to ignore the fact there were states that did not follow their own state legislatively set laws, that’s the issue at heart that millions of people are still not happy with.”

Republicans simply cannot face facts. They’re still trying to relitigate an election that Joe Biden overwhelmingly won. And that alone suggests they’re quickly becoming irrelevant.

Here’s the video from ABC:

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