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Fox News host Chris Wallace demanded answers from House Minority Whip Steve Scalise about the 2020 presidential election and he got them.
The host asked the representative on “Fox News Sunday” about the election after Donald Trump again claimed that the 2020 presidential election was rigged against him.
“They used Covid in order to cheat and rig. Remember this is not about me being robbed of an election. This is about the American people having their country taken away from them,” the 45th President of the United States said at a rally in Iowa on Saturday.
“Clearly there were irregularities in the last election; there are irregularities in all elections. I want to ask you a specific question: Do you think the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump?” the host said.
“And continuing to make that charge, not having states do election reforms, but specifically making this charge that the election was stolen. Do you think that that hurts, undermines American democracy?” he said.
But Rep. Scalise was not prepared to walk into that trap.
“If you look at a number of states, they didn’t follow their state-passed laws. That’s what the United States Constitution says. They don’t say the states determine what the rules are; they say the state legislatures determine …,” the representative said before Wallace cut him off.
“But the states all certified,” the host said.
“But they didn’t follow those legislative rules,” the representative said.
“At the end of the day, are we going to follow what the Constitution says or not? I hope we get back to what the Constitution says, but clearly a number of states didn’t follow those legislative rules,” he said.
Wallace then said, “So you think the election was stolen?” Which, Scalise correctly said, was not what he said.
“What I said is there are states that didn’t follow their legislatively set rules. That’s what the United States Constitution says. I think there are a lot of people who want to get back to what the Constitution says,” he said.
“Not just with elections, but with a lot of other things. And some people want to ignore what the Constitution says and do their own thing. That’s been a debate going on in this country for a long time. Why don’t we just get back to the Constitution?” he said.
But Wallace came back to his first question and said that many Republican voters believe the election was stolen.
“There was a rally for President Trump yesterday, and a number of people said ‘Joe Biden is not my president; Donald Trump is my president,’” the host said.
What Wallace did not mention was that from 2017 – 2021 many Democrat voters insisted that Donald Trump was not their president.
“I guess the question is, do you think the election was still in or not? Last time, I promise. I understand there are irregularities and things that needed to be fixed. Do you think the election was still in?” the host said.
“It’s not just irregularities. It is states that did not follow the laws. When you see states like Georgia cleaning up some of the mess, and people calling that [a] ‘Jim Crow law,’ that’s a flat out lie. … The legislature passed that law. That is what is in the Constitution of the United States, and it wasn’t followed in a number of states,” the representative said.
On Saturday Trump again questioned the legitimacy of Biden’s presidency and argued that he had not conceded.
“Could you imagine if I were president and had these numbers? And I mean, some people thought — First of all he didn’t get elected. OK, forget that. And some people say, oh sir, it was COVID. Incredible. You know, they’re allowed to say that about me. They called it illegitmate. They called it everything in the book. It was fine. When I say it, now here’s the difference. Hillary conceded. I never conceded,” he said.