Fox News host Chris Wallace repeatedly asked House Minority White Steve Scalise (R-LA) if he believed that the 2020 election was “stolen” from former President Donald Trump, only to have Scalise evade the question and respond with what sounded like the same fact-free soundbites Trump and his supporters are fond of using.
Wallace began with this query to Scalise:
“There are irregularities in all elections. Do you think the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump and in continuing to make that charge, not having states do election reform, but specifically making this charge that the election was stolen, do you think that that hurts — undermines American democracy?”
Rather than give a yes or no answer, Scalise responded:
“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. 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.”
The Fox host reminded Scalise:
“But the states all certified [the election].”
The Louisiana Republican again tried to suggest the Constitution had not been followed:
“But at the end of the day, are we going to follow what the Constitution says or not? I hope we get back to what the Constitution says but clearly in a number of states, they didn’t follow those legislatively-set rules.”
Once again, Wallace pressed:
“So you think the election was stolen?”
Scalise began sounding like a broken record, telling Wallace:
“I — what I said is there are states that didn’t follow their legislatively-set rules. That’s what the United States Constitution says. And I think there are a lot of people that want us to get back to what the Constitution says we should be doing, not just with elections, with a lot of other things too. And then there are some people that just want to ignore what the Constitution says and do their own thing.”
Noting that Trump continues to hold what can best be called campaign rallies, Wallace told Scalise:
“I guess the question is — last time, I promise — do you think the election was stolen or not? I understand you think there were irregularities and things that need to be fixed. Do you think the election was stolen?”
More evasion from Scalise:
“It’s states that did not follow the law set. When you see states like Georgia cleaning up some of the mess and people calling that Jim Crow law. That’s a flat-out lie.”
The states followed the exact letter of the law and Constitution. And some even conducted multiple audits and recounts. In every case, Trump lost to President Joe Biden, usually by more votes than originally believed.
Trump continues to hint that he may run again in 2024. But if he won in 2020, why does he need to do that?
Here’s the video from Fox News:
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