Kevin McCarthy Says Legitimacy Of Election Is Not In Question
Donald Trump has continued, even after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, to push the Big Lie that he, Trump, actually won the election and had it stolen from him through fraud and deception. Now, after punishing Liz Cheney (R-WY) for standing up to these false claims, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has publicly stated that the integrity of the election isn’t the question, and expressed (some, minimal) support for President Biden.
Liz Cheney was ousted from Republican Party leadership for standing against the Big Lie and for pressing to hold Trump accountable for using that lie to incite his supporters in an attack against Congress. Shortly after the voice vote to remove her, McCarthy declared that any questioning of the election is “over with.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, hours after ousting Rep. Liz Cheney from leadership: "I don't think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election. That's all over with. We are sitting here with the president today." pic.twitter.com/VK0aohLipa
— The Recount (@therecount) May 12, 2021
I don’t think anyone is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election. I think that is all over with. We’re sitting here with the president today.
McCarthy may not be openly questioning the election any longer, and in fact did meet with President Biden on Wednesday, and has even tweeted commendation of the Biden Administration (for support of Israel).
I commend the Biden administration for condemning Hamas and affirming Israel’s right to self-defense. It must not bow to progressive voices who seek to draw a false equivalency between our ally Israel and the terrorists in Hamas, and it must also stand with Israel at the UN.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) May 12, 2021
However, saying that the election outcome isn’t in question still puts McCarthy outside much of his party — like Cheney. As Forbes reported last month, more than half of Republicans say they still believe that massive election fraud robbed Trump of a victory.
In fact, only two days before McCarthy claimed that his party isn’t questioning the election’s legitimacy, the former president himself posted on his blog to claim that a “massive and determinative” number of votes in multiple states had been changed from his name to Biden’s, and that the Republican Party must “return” the election like a stolen diamond.
(The Detroit News already debunked these claims, noting that there had been months of probing the election in Michigan, with no evidence found to support claims of widespread fraud or vote-switching.)
Trump has not yet reacted to McCarthy declaring the election over and legitimate, but his blog clearly defies the GOP House Leader’s claim that it’s no longer being questioned and (endlessly) relitigated.