House Minority Whip Steve Scalise was asked, during an interview on Fox News this Sunday, whether he himself believes that the 2020 presidential election was stolen away from President Donald Trump.
He was repeatedly – more than once asked the question… And he always found a way to manage to get away from it without an answer.
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This really seemed like Scalise was defending states that are pushing for election reform laws.
Steve Scalise on Fox News Sunday repeatedly refuses to acknowledge that the 2020 election was not stolen from Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/EME1lBK1vA
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Wallace said to Scalise, “Do you think the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump? And in 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 hurts, undermines American democracy?”
Scalise replied, “Chris, I’ve been very clear from the beginning. If you look at a number of states, they didn’t follow their state-passed laws that govern the election for president.”
“That is what the United States Constitution says,” Scalise continued. “They don’t say that the states determine what the rules are. They say the state legislatures determine the rules. And in a number of states, they didn’t follow those legislative rules.”
Wallace answered, “But the states all certified.”
Scalise returned, “Right, but 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, in a number of states, they didn’t follow those legislatively-set rules.”
Wallace then asked Scalise, “So you think the election was stolen?”
On which, Scalise responded, “What I said is there are states that didn’t follow their legislatively-set rules. That’s what the United States Constitution says. And I think there are a lot of people that want us to get back to what the Constitution says we should be doing, not just with elections, with a lot of other things too. And then there are some people that just want to ignore what the Constitution says and do their own thing.”
— The Hill (@thehill) October 10, 2021