Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) spoke about the importance of addressing election security in a discussion with Jonathan Karl, guest host this week, about former President Donald Trump.
But make this clear to me. Joe Biden has won the election. He is the legitimate president of the United States. The election hasn't been stolen, is it?
SCALISE: Look, Joe Biden is the president. There were a few states that did not follow their state laws. That is really the dispute that you have seen continue.
And look, if you're Joe Biden, you probably want to keep talking about impeachment and anything other than the fact that he killed millions of American energy jobs, he still does – they just signed the Paris Agreement. It will kill manufacturing jobs in America.
But at the end of the day, if you look at where we are in this country, we're either going to address the issues that have arisen in the elections where people are still – millions of people are still concerned about – the constitution says state legislators determine the rules for elections. That didn't happen in a few states. And so, go ahead – look, Joe Biden is the president. But does he …
KARL: I mean …
SCALISE: … what people are angry about?
KARL: But, Congressman, I know Joe Biden is the president. He lives in the White House. I asked you, is he the legitimate president of the United States and do you admit that this election was not stolen?
Very simple question. Please answer it.
SCALISE: Look, once – once – once the voters are counted, yes, he is the legitimate president. But if you're going to ignore the fact that there were states that didn't follow their own legislative laws, the bottom line is that millions of people are still not happy about it and don't want to see it again.
You know, look, us – you can repeat the election all day from 2020, but there are those who are concerned about what the next election will look like. Are we finally going back to the way the rule of law works?
And I think that's the biggest frustration a lot of people have: Those states that didn't follow the law, will they continue to do so in the future, or are we finally going back to what the Constitution requires for choosing our leaders?
KARL: Good. Congressman Steve Scalise, thank you for coming to this "This Week." Appreciate it.
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