Steve Scalise is a disgrace
On ABC This Week this morning one of the guests on the show with substitute host Jonathan Karl was Representative Steve Scalise. After speaking about the reopening of schools, Scalise said something about the election and outstanding issues. Karl pressed Scalise on that line:
KARL: But clear this up for me. Joe Biden won the election. He is the legitimate president of the United States. The election was not stolen, correct?
SCALISE: Look, Joe Biden’s the president. There were a few states that did not follow their state laws. That’s really the dispute that you’ve seen continue on….But at the end of the day, when you look at where we are in this country, either we’re going to address the problems that happened with the election that people are still — millions of people are still concerned about — the Constitution says state legislatures set the rules for elections. That didn’t happen in a few states. And so, going forward — look, Joe Biden’s the president. But does he…
KARL: …I know Joe Biden’s the president. He lives at the White House. I asked you, is he the legitimate president of the United States, and do you concede that this election was not stolen? Very simple question. Please just answer it.
SCALISE: Look, …once the… electors are counted, yes, he’s the legitimate president. But if you’re going to ignore the fact that there were states that did not follow their own state legislatively set laws, that’s the issue at heart, that millions of people still are not happy with and don’t want to see happen again. You know, look, we — you can rehash the election from 2020 all day long, but there are people concerned about what the next election is going to look like.
That’s an astonishing position to take, and it’s clear why the danger remains in this country. Scalise is a disgrace.
Daniel is a lawyer writing and teaching about SCOTUS, and is the author of the book “The Chief Justices” about the SCOTUS as seen through the center seat.