Ohio Republican Representative Jim Jordan declined to say that President-elect Joe Biden was the fair winner of the November election during a Tuesday video conference with Democratic House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern.
President Donald Trump has long claimed that the results of the 2020 presidential election were fraudulent and that Democrats perpetrated widespread voter fraud in order to place Biden in office. Jordan has supported Trump in his unsubstantiated allegations. On Monday, Trump awarded Jordan the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.
Many lawmakers have blamed Trump’s baseless claims for inspiring a riot at the U.S. Capitol in January during the Congressional certification of Biden’s win in the Electoral College. The riot, which resulted in the loss of 5 lives, caused members of the House to seek impeachment proceedings against Trump.
While Trump has publicly acknowledged that Biden’s administration will be taking power in January, Jordan refused to tell McGovern that Biden’s victory was on the level.
“I’m asking you to make a statement that the election was not stolen,” McGovern said, “that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won fair and square. That’s the question.”
“No,” Jordan said, “the question you asked me was ‘Is Joe Biden, the vice president, president-elect?’ And I said, yes, of course, he is.”
“Just repeating the question: So Joe Biden won fair and square?” McGovern asked.
“He won the election because how the process works is the last chance to object is January 6,” Jordan said.
Newsweek reached out to Jordan’s office for further comment.
Some GOP members of the House had publicly stated they would issue challenges to the January 6 electoral vote count in the hopes of reversing the results of the election, keeping Trump in office for a second term. As members of Congress were in the midst of the certification process, rioters breached the Capitol forcing some lawmakers to take shelter. After the riot subsided, the count continued resulting in a late-night confirmation of Biden’s victory.
On Thursday, Trump released a video in which he said that his “only goal” in attempting to challenge the results was “to ensure the integrity of the of the vote.” Trump also condemned the violence at the Capitol, describing it as a “heinous attack.”
“To those who engaged in the acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country,” Trump said. “And to those who broke the law, you will pay.”
Despite Trump’s comments, many lawmakers have pointed to Trump’s address to supporters at a Wednesday Stop the Steal rally as being a factor in the attack on the Capitol. Actions to remove Trump from office have been proposed by lawmakers. On Tuesday, members of Congress were expected to vote on a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment. Under the 25th Amendment, Pence could ostensibly remove Trump from office by declaring him unfit for office. However, Trump could deny that claim and force Congress to vote on that issue.
On Wednesday, House Democrats are expected to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump for inciting violence against the U.S. Government. At least 3 House Republicans have indicated that they would break with the GOP and vote for impeachment.
Wyoming Republican Representative Liz Cheney pointed towards Trump’s rally speech, saying in a Tuesday statement that Trump “summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President.”
Trump has denounced the idea of an impeachment, which he described as “ridiculous” in remarks to reporters on Tuesday.
“And on the impeachment,” Trump said, “it’s really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics. It’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely ridiculous.”
Jim Jordan, Who Received Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump, Still Refuses to Say Biden Won The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ Newsweek.