On the same day, House Republicans ousted a member of their leadership for saying President Donald Trump lost the election and many lawmakers questioned the outcome, Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy ( R-Calif.), Insisted that they had all moved on.
“I don’t think anyone is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election,” McCarthy said outside the White House after he and other congressional leaders met with President Joe Biden. “I think it’s over. We’re sitting here with the chair today.
The election was held months ago and Biden won unequivocally. But Trump, helped by many GOP members, continues to insist without evidence that there was mass fraud to benefit Biden and that the election was stolen. State-level Republicans are pushing for voting restrictions based on this premise. Republicans in Congress are fighting voting reform because of it. Republicans like Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Who pushed back with the truth that Trump had simply lost, suffered consequences – she was reminded of his message as chairman of the GOP conference on Wednesday morning.
And Republican members continued to question the HuffPost election the same day.
“A lot of people are questioning it, to be frank with you,” Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) Said. “I think we have electoral integrity issues that we need to resolve.”
Freedom Caucus member Representative Dan Bishop (RN.C.) agrees. “I think there were irregularities in the conduct of the elections,” he said. “There was a fairly widespread problem of executive agencies in various states amending the rules made by state legislatures in accordance with the Constitution.”
Bishop added that “there could have been a fault”, but admitted that it was difficult to prove.
Rep. Ted Budd (RN.C.) said Biden had been legitimately elected but that “we have to make sure that an uncontested election moves forward.”
Some Republicans prefer not to enter it. “I’m going to stay focused on the future, not the past, at this point, ”said Rep. Vern Buchanan (Florida) when asked if he agreed with Cheney’s recent statements.
“When are you going to stop asking this question?” Representative Lee Zeldin (RN.Y.) said.
Despite ample evidence to the contrary, McCarthy and other Republican leaders say their party is not questioning the election.
It’s understandable that Republican leaders want to distance themselves from the questioning of the 2020 election. The claim that he was stolen from Trump led his supporters to storm the Capitol on January 6, the day most House Republicans – McCarthy included – voted to reject the election results.
The polls have repeatedly shown this year the majority of Republican voters believe the election was stolen.
Trump himself called it stolen as recently as Monday, claiming that a “major case of electoral fraud in Michigan … filed a plea claiming that the votes were intentionally shifted from President Trump to Joe Biden. ”
“The number of votes is MASSIVE and determining,” Trump wrote. “This will prove to be true in many other states. All Republicans must UNIFY and not let this happen.
It was just a continuation of more than a dozen statements Trump had made since leaving that the election was stolen. “The fraudulent presidential election of 2020 will, from this day forward, be known as THE BIG LIE!” he said in an email to supporters Last week.
In Arizona, state legislative Republicans are currently auditing the 2020 vote in Maricopa County where they place each ballot under UV light and check for “bamboo fibers” to confirm a conspiracy theory proposed by a treasure hunter that some ballots were dispatched from East Asia, among other nonsense. The county and state have already subjected the vote to multiple audits and forensic examinations and found that the election proceeded appropriately without corruption.
And Republican-led states across the country, including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Montana, and Texas, are enacting laws making it harder to vote solely in response to Trump’s lies about the elections.
But it’s not just the election result that Republicans continue to deny. In a hearing on the Jan.6 attack on Wednesday, Republicans denied that the violent riot directed by Trump who performed on television took place at all.
“There was no insurgency,” said Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.), Comparing the insurgents who broke into the Capitol and clashed with the police to tourists. “To call it an insurgency is a bold lie.”
“It was the Trump supporters who lost their lives that day, not the Trump supporters who took the lives of other people,” said Representative Jody Hice (R-Ga.), Who heads the Secretary of State. ‘State of Georgia Brad Raffensperger because he didn’t try. to help Trump overturn the election.
Representative Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Who recently spoke at a white nationalist political conference and allegedly helped far-right figure Ali Alexander plan the Jan.6 event, called the insurgents of “peaceful patriots”, while denouncing their continued imprisonment.
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