Scalise refused to recognize the legitimacy of the vote after more than 11 months and nearly nine months have passed since Biden was inaugurated. Instead, he maintained his belief that Congress should not have certified the election results.
He said, "I have been very clear since the beginning." "If you look at many states, they didn’t follow their state laws that govern the election of the president. This is what the United States Constitution states. They do not say that the states decide what the rules are. They believe the state legislatures decide the rules," the Louisiana congressman stated on Fox News Sunday.
Chris Wallace, moderator, asked Scalise if the election was more than a few irregularities that could be considered "stolen." Scalise replied: "It is not just irregularities. It's the states that didn't follow the laws the Constitution requires them to.
Trump resigned in January, a few weeks after his supporters stormed Capitol in a violent riot to stop Congress from declaring Biden the winner.
Trump is considering a presidential bid in 2024, and he has intensified his efforts to shame and possibly remove members of his party that are disloyal. Kevin McCarthy, a House Republican leader from California, is trying to be speaker if the GOP gains control of the House after the 2022 midterm elections.
Trump was not able to steal any election. William Barr, his former attorney general, did not find evidence of widespread election fraud. A succession of judges dismissed allegations of massive voter fraud. They were refuted by state election officials as well as an arm of Homeland Security Department during Trump's presidency.
Scalise appeared to have been referring to the legal argument that Trump made in several lawsuits before and after the election last November, that the Constitution only gives power to state legislators to administer election elections. These suits were filed to invalidate several pandemic-era accommodations, including expanded mail voting, that were made by judges, state election officials, and governors.
The cases were ultimately rejected by the high court, which declined to rule on the matter. None of the lawsuits indicate that altering COVID-19 accommodations would have affected a state's election results.
Rep. Liz Cheney (Republican from Wyoming), who is part of a House investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol Insurrection, criticized Scalise on Sunday for spreading Trump's "Big Lie."
Cheney tweeted, "Millions have been sold a fraud that has stolen the election." "Republicans have a responsibility to inform the American people this is false. The Big Lie is an attack against the core of our Constitution republic.