Two weeks after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol believing Donald Trump’s election fraud lies, Republican Sen. Rand Paul is back to spreading those same false claims about the election that incited the mob.
During an appearance on ABC’s ‘This Week’ Paul refused to say that the election was not stolen. Instead, he doubled down on his claim that dead people and “illegal aliens” voted and some people voted twice.
“No election is perfect. But there were 86 challenges, they were filed by President Trump and his allies in court. All dismissed. There were counts and recounts,” host George Stephanopoulos said after Paul repeated false claims of widespread voter fraud. “The Department of Justice, led by William Barr, said there’s no widespread evidence of fraud. Can’t you just say the words: This election was not stolen?”
“What I would suggest is if we want greater confidence in our elections — and 75% of Republicans agree with me — is that we do need to look at election integrity and we do need to see if we can restore confidence in the elections,” Paul answered.
“Well, 75% of Republicans agree with you because they were fed a big lie by President Trump and his supporters who say the election was stolen,” Stephanopoulos countered. “Why can’t you say it was a fair election?”
“I think you make a mistake…..people coming from the liberal side like you, you immediately say everything’s a lie instead of saying there are two sides to everything,” Paul interrupted.
“I said what the president said was he said was a lie!” Stephanopoulos pushed back. “Hold on a second! He said the election was stolen. This election was not stolen. The results were certified in every single state after counts and recounts!”
“You’re saying there was not fraud and it’s all been investigated,” Paul complained. “And that’s just not true.”
“That’s not what I said, sir,” Stephanopoulos said. “I said the Department of Justice found no evidence.”
“You said it’s all a lie! You say we are all liars!” Paul shouted. “You’re just simply saying we’re all liars.”