Second-highest Republican in congress refuses to say U.S. election wasn’t stolen

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The second-ranked Republican in the House, Rep. Steve Scalise, repeatedly refused to say the 2020 election was not stolen, standing by Donald Trump’s lie that Democrat Joe Biden blamed massive voter fraud. Won the White House.

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More than 11 months after Americans had elected their president and nearly nine months after Biden’s inauguration, Scallis was reluctant during a national television interview to acknowledge the legitimacy of the vote, instead sticking to his belief that the election The results should not have been certified by Congress. .

He said, ‘I have been very clear from the beginning. “If you look at many states, they didn’t follow the laws passed by their state that govern the election of the president. That’s what the Constitution of the United States says. They don’t say that the states determine what the rules are. They say the state legislature sets the rules,” the Louisiana congressman said on “Fox News Sunday.”

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Pressed by moderator Chris Wallace as to whether the election was overrun by some irregularities that should be considered “theft”, Scalise replied: “It’s not just irregularities. It’s the states that have followed those laws.” Didn’t do what the Constitution says they should abide by.”

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Trump stepped down in January when a crowd of his supporters stormed the Capitol in a violent riot in an attempt to prevent Congress from formally declaring Biden the winner.

As Trump bids for the 2024 presidency, he is ramping up efforts to shame _ and potentially remove _ members of his party who are seen as disloyal to his bogus claims. That last year’s election was illegitimate. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of California, who is vying to become speaker if the GOP takes control after the 2022 midterm election, continues to defend Trump and his false claims.

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At a rally in Iowa on Saturday, Trump spent nearly 30 minutes falsely arguing that he had conquered Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds stood up and welcomed her return to her kingdom.

In fact, no election was stolen from Trump. His former Attorney General William Barr found no evidence of widespread electoral corruption. Allegations of mass voting fraud have also been dismissed by a succession of judges and by state election officials and a branch of the Department of Homeland Security during the Trump administration.

On Sunday, Scalise appeared to refer to a legal argument made in several lawsuits backed by Trump, before and after last November’s election, that the Constitution specifically gives state lawmakers the power to administer elections. The suit sought to invalidate several pandemic-era residences, including expanded mail voting that was imposed by governors, state election officials and judges.

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The High Court eventually turned down the cases, refusing to rule on the matter. There is no indication in any of the lawsuits that changing the COVID-19 housing would have changed the state’s election results.

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Vy., who is serving on a House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol uprising, slammed Scalise on Sunday for spreading Trump’s “Big Lie.”

Cheney tweeted, “Millions of Americans have been sold as a hoax that the election was stolen.” “The duty of Republicans is to tell the American people that this is not true. Perpetuating the big lie is an attack on the very core of our constitutional republic.”

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