At the end of the presidential election of November 2000 in which George W. Bush faced off against then-Vice President Al Gore, a winner was not chosen by democratic vote. Instead, with no real answers over who won the actual vote in Florida because recounts had been stopped due to protests, the Supreme Court of the United States chose a winner. The controversy around that decision has lasted decades and nothing similar to it had happened before nor has it happened since.
Newly-chosen Republican Speaker Kevin McCarthy, however, would like people to believe that it has. On CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, when confronted with statistics showing that more than 70 percent of Republican members of the House of Representatives believes the Big Lie – the one that says Donald Trump actually beat Joe Biden but the win was stolen from him in a massive conspiracy involving Democrats, Republican secretaries of state, election officials, poll volunteers, a vote tabulating machine company, Italy, and a long-dead president of Venezuela – McCarthy deflected to that 23 year old election for some whataboutism.
Host Margaret Brennan asked him why 70 percent of the GOP House believes in the lie and, more specifically, why McCarthy would have ever placed some of the most rabid election deniers to key committees. McCarthy responded by saying:
‘Democrats have done the same thing. So maybe it’s not denying. Maybe it’s the only opportunity they have to have a question about what went on during the election.’
Brennan pushed back, reminding him that she didn’t have a show 23 years ago and that she was asking him about his decisions in the current Congress, but McCarthy stuck to the whataboutism, accusing Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) had also denied the results of the 2000 election. Of course, that’s not actually what happened, but deflection was the route McCarthy chose to go.
Twitter had a lot of thoughts about the responses McCarthy gave to the questions in that interview, with many agreeing that he didn’t answer anything. Read some of their comments below: