•   
  •   
  •   

Politics Fox News Host Confronts Scalise on Whether Trump's Election Fraud Claim 'Undermines' Democracy

19:05  10 october  2021
19:05  10 october  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

“God’s Will Is Being Thwarted.” Even in Solid Republican Counties, Hard-Liners Seek More Partisan Control of Elections.

  “God’s Will Is Being Thwarted.” Even in Solid Republican Counties, Hard-Liners Seek More Partisan Control of Elections. by Jeremy Schwartz, ProPublica and The Texas Tribune ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published. This article is co-published with The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan local newsroom that informs and engages with Texans. Sign up for The Brief weekly to get up to speed on their essential coverage of Texas issues. HOOD COUNTY, Texas — Michele Carew would seem an unlikely target of Donald Trump loyalists who have fixated their fury on the notion that the 2020 election was stolen from the former president.

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace confronted House Minority Whip Representative Steve Scalise over former President Donald Trump's baseless election fraud claim, asking if it "undermines American democracy."

In this screenshot, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace confronts GOP House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) over whether he believes the 2020 election was © Screenshot/Fox News Sunday In this screenshot, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace confronts GOP House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) over whether he believes the 2020 election was "stolen" as former President Donald Trump continues to baselessly claim, on October 10.

Trump and many of his conservative allies continue to groundlessly allege that the 2020 election was "rigged" or "stolen" in favor of President Joe Biden. Despite multiple audits and legal challenges, no evidence has been brought forward substantiating this extraordinary claim.

'Election subversion:' Donald Trump and allies look for new ways to challenge votes

  'Election subversion:' Donald Trump and allies look for new ways to challenge votes Trump-style Republicans are pushing state laws that would make it easier to challenge elections - and perhaps overturn them.It didn't work – but opponents fear that Trump and his supporters are planning to try again in 2024 with the help of new laws.

Wallace pressed Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, on his views relating to the former president's false allegation during a Sunday interview on Fox News Sunday.

"Clearly there were irregularities in the last election. There are irregularities in all elections, but I want to ask you a specific question," Wallace told Scalise. "Do you think the 2020 election was 'stolen' from Donald Trump? And in continuing to make that charge ... do you think that that hurts, undermines American democracy?" the Fox News host asked.

Scalise side-stepped the question, claiming that "a number of states" didn't follow local laws governing elections. But Wallace interjected, pointing out that the states "all certified" the election results. The GOP congressman then suggested that the states did not follow the Constitution, saying he hopes "we get back to what the Constitution says."

'I believed I was going to die': Trump supporter sentenced to prison for shooting after rally that injured Black teen

  'I believed I was going to die': Trump supporter sentenced to prison for shooting after rally that injured Black teen An army veteran had pleaded guilty to shooting into a car filled with teens during a dispute after a pro-Trump rally and parade in Des Moines.Michael McKinney, 26, was charged with attempted murder and other crimes for the shooting, in which the 15-year-old girl was struck in the leg. He later pleaded guilty to lesser offenses. At McKinney's sentencing hearing Monday, Salami noted that the victim, who had been exchanging insults with pro-Trump rally-goers, was standing in the car's open sunroof when she was struck.

"So you think the election was stolen?" Wallace again asked.

"What I said is there are states that didn't follow their legislatively set rules," Scalise replied.

Wallace then pointed out that many supporters of the former president have been misled to believe that Biden is not the legitimate president. He pointed to Trump supporters at an Iowa rally on Saturday who said: "Joe Biden is not my president, Donald Trump is my president."

"Do you think the election was stolen or not?" Wallace asked again. "I understand you think there were irregularities, there were things that need to be fixed. Do you think the election was stolen?"

Scalise returned to his same talking point, arguing that some states did not follow their election laws. He then criticized people for opposing election law changes pushed through by Republican legislatures in conservative states.

Newsweek reached out to Scalise's press secretary for further comment but did not immediately receive a response.

Cheney blasts Scalise for refusing to say Biden legitimately won election

  Cheney blasts Scalise for refusing to say Biden legitimately won election Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) blasted House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) after he refused to say if he believed the 2020 presidential election was "stolen" from former President Trump.Earlier on Sunday, Scalise was pressed by "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace on whether he believed the 2020 election had legitimately been won by President Biden. Scalise refused to directly answer the question, repeatedly pointing to Constitutional rules and states' laws on elections."Millions of Americans have been sold a fraud that the election was stolen. Republicans have a duty to tell the American people that this is not true.

More than 140 Republican lawmakers in Congress voted against certifying Biden's Electoral College votes from Pennsylvania and/or Arizona. Scalise, the second-highest-ranking Republican in House leadership, was among those GOP lawmakers.

Trump has rallied his supporters around his false claims about the 2020 election. However, dozens of election challenge lawsuits brought by Trump and his allies failed in state and federal courts. Even judges appointed by Trump and other Republicans rejected the allegations. Meanwhile, audits and recounts in key battleground states—including places where the election was overseen by pro-Trump Republicans—have reaffirmed Biden's victory.

Despite no substantiating evidence to corroborate the allegation, a majority of Republicans appear to believe Trump's claim. Polling released by Yahoo News/YouGov in early August showed two-thirds (66 percent) of GOP voters believe the election was rigged or stolen from Trump. Just 18 percent said Biden won fair and square.

Related Articles

  • Arizona GOP Official Accuses Pro-Trump Republicans of 'Attack on Our American Ideals'
  • Idaho GOP Official Blames Mike Lindell for Election Audit: 'Sending Him a Bill'
  • GOP Backers of Trump's Election Fraud Claims Headed for 'Trash Bin of History': Editorial
  • Arizona GOP Official Says Majority of State Republicans Know Election Fraud Claims 'All BS'

Start your unlimited Newsweek trial

Scalise's evasion on the election is no less toxic than Trump's explicit lying .
At a rally in Iowa on Saturday night, former President Donald Trump told a laughable series of specific lies about the 2020 election he lost. He said, for example, that the state of Pennsylvania and the cities of Detroit and Philadelphia each recorded more votes cast than they have actual voters, though none of that is even close to true. © Fox News In a television appearance the next morning, the second-ranking House Republican, Minority Whip Steve Scalise, repeated none of Trump's detailed fraud fantasies. But what he did do was no less dangerous for its vagueness.

usr: 0
This is interesting!