Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), the second-tier Republican in the House, refused to say the 2020 election was not stolen.
Holy shit. Steve Scalise refuses to admit that Joe Biden rightly won the election. pic.twitter.com/XHYJDay5RK
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 21, 2021
Transcript of ABCs This Week:
KARL: But make that clear to me. Joe Biden won the election. He is the legitimate President of the United States. The election wasn't stolen, right?
SCALISE: See, Joe Biden is the president. There were some states that did not obey their state laws. This is really the argument you saw.
And if you're Joe Biden, you probably want to keep talking about impeachment and anything but the fact that he killed millions of American energy jobs, which he continues to do – they just signed the Paris Agreement. It will destroy manufacturing jobs in America.
But at the end of the day, if you look at where we are in this country, we will either address the issues that emerged in the elections, which people are still facing – millions of people are still concerned – they say in the constitution legislators lay down the rules for elections. That didn't happen in some states. And so, in the future – look, Joe Biden is the president. But does he …
KARL: But – but, Congressman, I know Joe Biden is the President. He lives in the White House. I asked you if he is the legitimate President of the United States and do you admit that this election was not stolen?
Very simple question. Please just answer it.
SCALISE: Look, once – once – when the voters are counted, yes, he's the legitimate president. However, if you ignore the fact that there have been states that have not obeyed their own statutory laws, this is the core issue that millions of people are still unsatisfied with and don't want to happen again.
Too bad for ABC News that Scalise has airtime to spread the big lie that Biden's win wasn't legitimate. Republicans will not give up this lie. They plan to use it to motivate their constituents to retake the House and Senate in 2022.
The big lie only stops when the networks don't give Republicans airtime to move them forward, and when they lie about the theft of the elections it needs to be corrected immediately and in real time.
Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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