Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace confronted House Minority Whip Representative Steve Scalise over former President Donald Trump’s baseless election fraud declare, asking if it “undermines American democracy.”
Trump and lots of of his conservative allies proceed to groundlessly allege that the 2020 election was “rigged” or “stolen” in favor of President Joe Biden. Despite a number of audits and authorized challenges, no proof has been introduced ahead substantiating this extraordinary declare.
Wallace pressed Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, on his views regarding the previous president’s false allegation throughout a Sunday interview.
“Clearly there were irregularities in the last election. There are irregularities in all elections, but I want to ask you a specific question,” Wallace informed Scalise. “Do you think the 2020 election was ‘stolen’ from Donald Trump? And in continuing to make that charge … do you think that that hurts, undermines American democracy?” he requested.
Scalise side-stepped the query, claiming that “a number of states” did not comply with native legal guidelines governing elections. But Wallace interjected, stating that the states “all certified” the election outcomes. The GOP congressman then instructed that the states didn’t comply with the Constitution, saying he hopes “we get back to what the Constitution says.”
“So you think the election was stolen?” Wallace once more requested.
“What I said is there are states that didn’t follow their legislatively set rules,” Scalise replied.
Wallace then identified that many supporters of the previous president have been misled to imagine that Biden will not be the official president. He pointed to Trump supporters at an Iowa rally on Saturday who mentioned: “Joe Biden is not my president, Donald Trump is my president.”
“Do you think the election was stolen or not?” Wallace requested once more. “I understand you think there were irregularities, there were things that need to be fixed. Do you think the election was stolen?”
Scalise returned to his similar speaking level, arguing that some states didn’t comply with their election legal guidelines. He then criticized folks for opposing election legislation modifications pushed via by Republican legislatures in conservative states.
Newsweek reached out to Scalise’s press secretary for additional remark however didn’t instantly obtain a response.
More than 140 Republican lawmakers in Congress voted towards certifying Biden’s Electoral College votes from Pennsylvania and/or Arizona. Scalise, the second-highest-ranking Republican in House management, was amongst these GOP lawmakers.
Trump has rallied his supporters round his false claims in regards to the 2020 election. However, dozens of election problem lawsuits introduced by Trump and his allies failed in state and federal courts. Even judges appointed by Trump and different Republicans rejected the allegations. Meanwhile, audits and recounts in key battleground states—together with locations the place the election was overseen by pro-Trump Republicans—have reaffirmed Biden’s victory.
Despite no substantiating proof to corroborate the allegation, a majority of Republicans seem to imagine Trump’s declare. Polling launched by Yahoo News/YouGov in early August confirmed two-thirds (66 p.c) of GOP voters imagine the election was rigged or stolen from Trump. Just 18 p.c mentioned Biden received honest and sq..