Chris Wallace grills Steve Scalise over ‘disenfranchising’ Biden voters, ignores angry Trump voters

Fox News host Chris Wallace served up his weekly reminder that he should be holding fort at CNN or MSNBC, as the Democrat anchor bemoaned disenfranchising Biden voters while ignoring Trump voters.

Wallace was grilling House Minority Whip Steve Scalise on Sunday for supporting the lawsuit filed by Texas, which challenged the results in key battleground states; the Supreme Court refused to take the case on Friday.

 

Looking ahead to Monday, when the Electoral College formally votes, Wallace asked Scalise if he’ll stop contesting the election when they vote in favor of Joe Biden, who the Fox News anchor seems to have an odd affinity for calling him “president-elect” when talking to Republicans.

“There’s been a lot of contesting of the election in multiple states,” Scalise responded. “The president’s done it, other groups have done it too. That’s because of the concerns people [have] had. When you look at massive vote swings, days and weeks after the election, millions of people feel very frustrated with this process.”

 

In stressing that a conclusion will ultimately be reached, the GOP lawmaker noted that large states like Florida and Texas were able to tabulate their votes on the night of the election, yet “in other states, it was days and weeks and during the days and weeks you saw massive vote swings that seed a lot of distrust.”

Wallace explained that in those states, mail-in ballots favoring Biden were counted late, before claiming Attorney General Bill Barr concluded “there was no vote fraud” — this being a misrepresentation of what Barr said.

“This is the United States of America, it’s not Venezuela,” Scalise replied, after noting some of the shenanigans that went on after the election. “Let’s have a chain of custody, let’s get back to making sure that everybody can have full confidence in our elections.”

Turning to the Texas lawsuit, Wallace reminded Scalise that he joined with 126 fellow Republicans to support the challenge after saying the Supreme Court “threw it without even listening to it.”

(The court refused to take up the lawsuit, saying Texas did not have standing to file the challenge — this was not a ruling on its merits.)

“This was a lawsuit that was going to throw out the votes in four swing states, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin,” Wallace said. “I mean, you were talking about disenfranchising the 10 million Biden voters who supported the president-elect in those four states — do you feel comfortable throwing out millions of votes of your fellow Americans?”

Never mind that millions of Trump voters are disenfranchised when their votes are nullified by potential fraud.

When Scalise countered to say “nobody wants any votes thrown out,” Wallace fired back, “That’s what your lawsuit would have done, sir.”

The Republican tried to explain that in those states, election laws were changed outside the legally-prescribed manner to do so, but Wallace didn’t care to hear that, deceptively arguing that the Supreme Court “threw that out.”

Scalise informed the journalist that the high court did not rule on the merits of the case.

Having his argument shut down, Wallace changed gears.

“So bottom line, even though the electors tomorrow are — more than 270 of them — are going to say that Joe Biden is the next president of the United States,” he said. “You’re not willing to recognize him as the President-Elect and you’re not willing to stop contesting this election?”

Saying no one should pass judgment before the process is fully resolved, Scalise said the legal challenge should play out.

“If you want to restore trust by millions of people who are still very frustrated and angry about what happened, that’s why you have got to have this whole system play out,” he said.

The discussion then moved to reports that the Justice Department is investigating Hunter Biden for his financial dealings with foreign countries and the news that Barr was aware of this ahead of the November election.

Tom Tillison

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