Donald Trump says that the 2020 election was stolen. Attorneys have fought on his behalf, arguing that the results were falsified, and that Joe Biden isn’t the true winner and President of the United States. Still, some Republicans seem to be trying to hedge their bets, refusing to either fully endorse or reject the Big Lie.
Watch the clip below, in which a Fox News host tries repeatedly to get Representative Steve Scalise to answer a simple question: “Do you think the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump?”
Instead of answering yes or no, Scalise dodges the question over and over, arguing that states shouldn’t have changed election procedures to accommodate voters during the pandemic, and insisting that it’s because “people just want to ignore what the Constitution says and do their own thing.”
Steve Scalise on Fox News Sunday repeatedly refuses to acknowledge that the 2020 election was not stolen from Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/EME1lBK1vA
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 10, 2021
Scalise never got around to giving a clear answer.
No evidence has ever been produced, despite numerous lawsuits from Trump-supporting attorneys, to support the claims of widespread voter fraud or election fraud. Despite this, Forbes reported last month that recent polling shows a majority of Republican voters so certain that the election was stolen that they still believe it will be somehow overturned. More than three-quarters of the party genuinely believe that Biden did not receive enough legitimate votes to win the election. Still, the sliver of the party that rejects the Big Lie is significant enough to have some impact on elections.
As for Scalise, well, he’s up for re-election in 2022, and Donald Trump is currently giving endorsements to Republican incumbents and challengers.
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