George Stephanopoulos didn’t let up on a dodgy Home Majority Chief Steve Scalise (R-La.) as he relentlessly requested the Republican a “sure or no” query with a easy reply: “Was the 2020 election stolen?”
The host of ABC’s “This Week” repeatedly pressed Scalise, who has regularly refused to acknowledge that the presidential election that 12 months was official, who discovered alternate methods to bounce away from offering a simple response.
“Are you able to say unequivocally the 2020 election was not stolen?” requested Stephanopoulos on Sunday.
“What I’ve instructed you, there are states that didn’t observe their legal guidelines. That’s what the state structure — the U.S. Structure requires,” replied Scalise, who was one in all 147 GOP lawmakers who voted to overturn the 2020 election outcomes following the Jan. 6, 2021 revolt.
“That’s not what I requested. Are you able to say unequivocally the 2020 election was not stolen?” the host hit again.
“Look, Joe Biden’s president. I do know you and others need to speak about 2020. We’re targeted on the longer term. We’ve talked about 2020 so much,” stated Scalise, who has used the “Biden’s the president” line in a earlier refusal to acknowledge former President Donald Trump’s “large lie.”
The interview arrives after Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) introduced that he wouldn’t run for reelection, telling MSNBC that he’s upset in Republicans persevering with to “depend on this lie that the 2020 election was stolen.”
White Home spokesperson Andrew Bates – in an announcement to Mediaite and The Hill – responded to Scalise’s “This Week” look writing, “Election denial is a harmful conspiracy concept that has achieved unprecedented hurt to the nation and has been comprehensively debunked by over 80 federal judges, in addition to the Trump Administration’s nationwide safety officers.”
Bates later added: “It’s not a time to perpetuate long-discredited conspiracy theories that fueled an assault on the Capitol and tear Individuals aside.”
Stephanopoulos, who acknowledged that he is aware of “Joe Biden is president,” continued to repeat the query elsewhere in the course of the interview.
“I do know that each courtroom that checked out whether or not the election was stolen stated it wasn’t, rejected these claims and I requested you a really, quite simple query – now I’ve requested it, I feel the fifth time, you possibly can’t seem to reply – are you able to say unequivocally that the 2020 election was stolen?” he requested.
“I instructed you, I instructed you there have been a handful of states that didn’t observe their legal guidelines, the remaining did,” replied Scalise, who was picked by his colleagues to be Home speaker earlier than dropping out of the race final month.