Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) only had to admit the truth that the 2020 Election was legitimately won by President Joe Biden and not stolen as disgraced Florida retiree Donald Trump claims. But he refused to do so while throwing a temper tantrum.
The House Rules Committee took up a resolution to refer criminal charges against Steve Bannon to the Department of Justice as a result of his refusal to comply with a subpoena issued by the House 1/6 Committee.
During a hearing to debate the resolution, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) grilled Jordan by requesting that he say “The election was not stolen.”
“Can you say those five words today?” McGovern asked.
Jordan couldn’t handle the request.
“I’ll give you the same answer,” Jordan said. “I never said it was. I said we should investigate it. I said on January 6th when the electoral votes were counted that Joe Biden is the president of the United States.”
Trump and his supporters have not provided any evidence proving election fraud in any state. They have also been laughed out of every courtroom in which they brought a frivolous election fraud case because they had no evidence. Biden is the legitimate president. Merely acknowledging that Biden is the president is not the same as saying the election was not stolen.
“The real question is why don’t you guys want to investigate what happened?” Jordan continued.
Again, there is no proof of election fraud. Even a Trump-backed group’s audit in Arizona found that there wasn’t any fraud. Biden picked up votes in the recount while Trump lost them. Demanding an investigation of the election is the same as claiming the election was stolen.
“You’re still unwilling to say those five simple words,” McGovern replied. “I think that’s incredibly important. You know, pushing debunked conspiracy theories and adding fuel to the fire.”
“I’m not pushing any conspiracy theories!” Jordan complained. “Your obsession with five words seems pretty ridiculous to me. I’m not trying to whitewash anything. Republicans have been consistent. We have condemned violence every stinking time it happened. We condemned it on January 6th. And 600 people are being prosecuted and held accountable for what they did wrong as well they should be. I am so sick of the double standard!”
The problem is that Jordan and other Trump supporters have been insisting over the last several months that the violent insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th was merely a peaceful protest by tourists. Republicans have also refused to back an investigation of the insurrection, which targeted lawmakers for assassination and sought to overthrow democracy.
“I condemn violence where it may occur,” McGovern told Jordan, demolishing his accusation that there’s a double standard. “You can yell and scream as much as you want.”
“No, I’m not yelling and screaming,” Jordan insisted. “I’m reflecting where the American people are. They’ve had it with the double standard. You’re allowed to object; we’re not!”
In fact, a majority of Americans actually support investigating the Capitol insurrection.
“You can object,” McGovern responded. “The issue is what transpired that day.”
“We had nothing to do with that!” Jordan claimed.
“We’ll see,” McGovern said. “But after all this time, still, you cannot say those five words that the election was not stolen.”
Here’s the video via YouTube:
Jordan and several other Republican lawmakers could be implicated in the insurrection. Jordan himself spoke to Trump on the phone several times that day, so he could have known all along that the Trump supporters were going to storm the building to stop certification of the election results. Despite the failed coup, Jordan still voted against certifying the election results.
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