WATCH: Rand Paul Still Can’t Say “The Election Wasn’t Stolen”
The character Fonzie on the 1970s hit sitcom “Happy Days” could never say he was wrong. He may have been “not right,” but he couldn’t bring himself to say “I was wrong.” Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul channeled his inner Fonzie Sunday morning when he rejected multiple requests by George Stephanopoulos on ABC “This Week” to admit that the 2020 presidential election was not stolen from Donald Trump.
Paul has been one of the loudest voices claiming, without offering evidence, that the only reason President Joe Biden won the election is because of a massive, incredibly well-coordinated conspiracy involving rigged voting machines, corrupt election officials in multiple states and lazy judges who rejected Trump’s dozens of lawsuits.
The Kentucky senator demonstrated an alarming lack of a grip on reality during his appearance, even as Stephanopoulos presented him with incontrovertible facts. “There were 86 challenges filed by President Trump and his allies in court,” Stephanopoulos pointed out. “All were dismissed. Every state certified the results. After investigations, counts and recounts the Department of Justice led by William Barr said there’s no evidence of widespread fraud. Can’t you just say the words ‘this election was not stolen?”
Just like “the Fonz,” Paul couldn’t bring himself to do it. “What I would suggest is that if we want greater confidence in our elections – and 75 percent of Republicans agree with me – we do need to look at election integrity and we do need to restore confidence in the elections.”
Stephanopoulos wasn’t buying it. “Well 75 percent of Republicans agree with you because they were fed a big lie by President Trump and his supporters who say the election was stolen.”
"George, where you make a mistake, people coming from the liberal side like you, you immediately say everything is a lie, instead of saying there are two sides to everything" — Rand Paul is still pushing The Big Lie pic.twitter.com/V6yg3rJG1i
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 24, 2021