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Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday repeatedly urged Rep. Jim Jordan to “say the five words: the election was not stolen,” but the Ohio Republican continued to elevate baseless claims about the 2020 presidential race.
“Our job as elected officials is to tell the truth,” Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts said. “So my question for you is: Will you admit that Joe Biden won fair and square, and the election was not rigged or stolen?”
“At 4 a.m. on Thursday, January 7, when we concluded our business on the floor, Vice President Biden became President-elect Biden,” Jordan replied, referring to Congress’ certification of the election results last week. “That’s how the process plays out. Those of us who spoke against the unconstitutional ways several states conducted their election were following the process.”
“But I’m not asking about the process. I’m asking you to make a statement that the election was not stolen,” McGovern pushed back, saying that Jordan “could do the country a great service” if he said “the five words.”
The two escalated into an intense back-and-forth, with McGovern eventually stating: “You refuse to answer the question.”
“I did not refuse. He’s going to be the president,” Jordan said.
“That is not the question I asked,” McGovern responded.
Jordan, a staunch defender of President Donald Trump, elevated the president’s baseless allegations of a stolen and rigged election in the weeks leading up to the finalization of Biden’s win. He was also among the 100-plus Republican lawmakers, including eight senators, who objected to the election results last Wednesday despite rioters breaching the US Capitol and forcing Congress to evacuate.
On Tuesday, Jordan argued that he had been raising voters’ concerns about election integrity, not contradicting the election results. There has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 elections.
The heated exchange occurred during a virtual House Rules Committee debate over a measure, proposed by Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, that urges Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office after Wednesday’s siege.
Jordan condemned the violence, but came out against the resolution, arguing it “would do nothing to unify or heal the country.”
“With all due respect,” McGovern replied, “I’m glad that all it took for you to call for unity and healing was for our freedom and for our democracy to be attacked.”
Over 50 million Americans think this election was stolen.
That’s more than one third of the electorate.
For that reason alone, we owe it to the country to investigate election integrity.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) December 4, 2020
Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday told Jordan that the misinformation around the election results had motivated the pro-Trump mob to storm the Capitol grounds.
Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado also cornered Jordan, asking: “Isn’t it true Joe Biden won the election, yes or no?”
“Yes, he won,” Jordan said. “But there are serious problems with this election that deserve an investigation and that’s what I’ve called for,” adding that he’s “never said that this election was stolen.”
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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics