Some of the cable networks have begun fact-checking Donald Trump in real-time and switching off his sound when he begins lying. Now that at least 80 million voters ushered him out of office, even the Republican Senators are becoming less and less willing to stick their necks out for the man who would-be dictator. Missouri Senator Roy Blunt appeared on CNN’s State of the Union with host Dana Bash. It did not end well.
She gave Blunt ample time to make his case, but he kept dancing around an answer in a well-practiced act. Bash had to cut him off, because he refused to find any “credible reports of massive election fraud.”
Missouri has elected the senior Republican leader seven times to the House of Representatives and to the Senate in 2010, according to his website:
‘Senator Blunt was elected the Majority Whip earlier in his career than any Member of Congress in eight decades, and he was elected to the Senate leadership during his first year in the Senate.’
He reflects the changing state’s politics. In 1984, he was the first Republican elected to Washington from Missouri in over 50 years. Longtime Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill lost in her last bid for her seat in 2018. Blunt used to be about as far right as the GOP would go until the Tea Party came along:
‘[He was] elected the Majority Whip earlier in his career than any Member of Congress in eight decades, and he was elected to the Senate leadership during his first year in the Senate.’
Blunt and Dash started discussing Georgia. The president’s lawyers tried to get the race overthrown to no avail. There was no tangible evidence of voter fraud to be had. The votes had already been counted and re-counted. Ignoring that, Trump demanded a third recount.
POTUS lost the race in Georgia to President-elect Joe Biden three times. Bash asked a pointed question:
‘Do you, Roy Blunt, as not just the former secretary of state of Missouri, as the [Senate] Rules chairman, you have a bird’s eye oversight view of the elections, do you think it was rigged? Yes or no?’
Roy Blunt claimed he disagreed with the rigged comments:
‘I don’t think it was rigged but I do think there was some things that were done that shouldn’t have been done and I think there was some element of voter fraud as there is in every election but I don’t have any reason to believe that the numbers are there that would have made that difference.’
Then, the subject of Pennsylvania came up:
‘I do wish in Pennsylvania — when they were opening all of those ballots, they would have let people see that they were checking the signatures.’
‘When you send ballots out to people that you don’t know if they are still there or not and they come back and you don’t check the signatures that is a huge problem but I don’t think we have demonstrated it’s a size of a problem that would change the result.’
Bash cut the Missouri senator off:
‘Okay, senator, just to put a button on that, there is no evidence that people didn’t see signatures. In fact, the state supreme court and now federal court have both thrown out the notion — that that didn’t happen.’
Senator Blunt has a busy schedule. He serves as the Chair of the Senate Republican Policy Committee and as the Chair of the Senate Rules Committee. He is also the chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.
He is also on the Senate Appropriations Committee; the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Check out the CNN video of Bash interviewing Blunt and not pulling any punches below:
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