WASHINGTON, (AP) — Rep. Steve Scalise in the House of Representatives repeatedly denied Sunday that the 2020 election had been stolen. Scalise is standing behind Donald Trump’s lie about Joe Biden winning the White House due to mass voter fraud.
Scalise refused to recognize the legitimacy of the vote after more than 11 months and nearly nine months have passed since Biden was inaugurated. Instead, he maintained his belief that Congress should not have certified the election results.
He stated, “I’ve been very transparent from the beginning.” “If you look at many states, you will see that they didn’t adhere to their state laws that govern the election of the president. This is what the United States Constitution states. They do not say that the states decide what the rules are. They claim the state legislatures make the rules,” a Louisiana congressman said Sunday on Fox News Sunday.
Chris Wallace, moderator, asked Scalise if the election was more than a few irregularities that could be considered “stolen.” Scalise replied: “It is not just irregularities. It’s states who didn’t adhere to the laws that the Constitution tells them they should follow.
Trump resigned in January, a few weeks after his supporters stormed Capitol in a violent riot to stop Congress from declaring Biden the winner.
Trump is contemplating a 2024 presidential run and has been increasing his efforts to shame, and potentially remove, members of his party who are seen to be disloyal. Kevin McCarthy, a House Republican leader from California, is trying to be speaker if the GOP gains control of the House after the 2022 midterm elections.
Trump spent close to 30 minutes falsely claiming that he had won Arizona and Georgia at a rally in Iowa. Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and the Iowa Governor. Kim Reynolds stood by him and welcomed his return.
Trump was not able to steal any election. William Barr, Trump’s former attorney general found no evidence that widespread election corruption had occurred. Another succession of judges has dismissed claims of massive fraud in voting. These allegations were also refuted during Trump’s administration by state election officials and an arm the Homeland Security Department.
Scalise seemed to be referring Sunday to the legal argument made in several lawsuits supported by Trump that the Constitution grants the power of election administration only to state lawmakers. These suits were filed to invalidate several pandemic-era accommodations, including expanded mail voting, that were made by judges, state election officials, and governors.
The high court rejected the cases and declined to rule. None of the lawsuits indicate that altering COVID-19 accommodations would have affected a state’s election results.
Rep. Liz Cheney (Republican from Wyoming), who is part of a House investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol Insurrection, criticized Scalise on Sunday for spreading Trump’s “Big Lie.”
Cheney tweeted, “Millions have been sold a fraud that has stolen the election.” “Republicans are obligated to tell Americans that this is false. Perpetuating the Big Lie to the core is an attack on our constitutional republic.