Four days after Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States, Senator Rand Paul couldn't admit that the election Biden sent to the White House was legitimate.
In an appearance on ABC's This Week on Sunday morning, the Kentucky Republican Senator, who had repeatedly upheld former President Donald Trump's discredited fraud allegations in the November 3rd election, declined to say that election was not stolen.
"The debate about whether or not there was fraud should take place," Paul said. “We never had a court presentation where we actually looked at the evidence. Most of the cases have been dismissed for lack of prestige, which is a procedural way not to really hear the question. "
While some of the several dozen lawsuits in the Trump campaign in battlefield states have been dismissed or voluntarily withdrawn, many have been heard and found to be unfounded, which host George Stephanopoulos cited in response.
"After investigation, counting and recounting, the Justice Department, headed by William Barr, said there was no widespread evidence of fraud," said Stephanopoulos, referring to the former US attorney general, who until his public statement was a staunch ally of Trump had been that there was no evidence of widespread election fraud.
As Vox's Ian Millhiser explained, "Trump's by-election lawsuits failed for various intertwining reasons," but one of them was simply that "Trump and his allies just didn't have very good legal arguments":
In some cases, they brought in penny ante claims that could not have changed the election result even if they had prevailed. In other cases, they made factual claims based solely on speculation – or even based on conspiracy theories incubated on social media. In some cases, Trump or his allies have made legal arguments that are exactly the opposite of the arguments they have made in other cases. There are no good legal arguments to justify dismissing the election results, and the clowniness of Trump's legal strategy only pointed to the weakness of his claims.
Stephanopoulos continued to press Paul: "Can't you just say the words:" This election was not stolen? "
The Senator declined, instead pointing to polls showing that the majority of Republicans do not trust the election result.
This distrust stems from a variety of factors, not the least of which are the unsubstantiated claims that lawmakers and other prominent conservatives have reiterated that fraud has occurred. Trump himself led these efforts, repeating these claims so many times that, after a rally dedicated to the issue on January 6, his supporters tried to forcibly stop the confirmation of the election results by storming the U.S. Capitol. The uprising attempted five deaths.
Even so, after dozens of lawsuits, tense “stop the steal” rallies and violence at US government headquarters, Paul has pledged to spend his remaining two years in office fighting alleged electoral fraud.
He also said the same on Twitter after the television appearance in which he refused to legitimize the same electoral process that put him in power twice.
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