2021-08-25 10:58:53

Jim Jordan Confronted: Did Joe Biden Win the Election?

Jim Jordan has been one of the Republican congresspeople pushing the “big lie” conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. During a recent congressional hearing on voting access, Jordan was confronted by Democratic Representative Joseph Morelle about whether or not Joe Biden won the 2020 race fair and square. Morelle said to Jordan, “I also find it curiouser and curiouser that you would use 2020 data on election participation when you won’t even acknowledge the outcome of the same election.” Jordan quipped back, “I’ve acknowledged the outcome.” Morelle followed up by asking, “have you? Did Joe Biden win this election? There was no fraud, you’re prepared to say that?” Finally, Jordan made the slippery move of saying Biden is “the President of the United States” without directly answering Morelle’s question about whether Biden won the election fairly.

Jordan and his right-wing allies have chosen this route whenever confronted about Biden having won the election. They know at this point not to outright say the Democrats stole it from Trump, as that can get them deplatformed and cause them to lose their access to privileged society. These conservatives also know they have to play into the far right narrative about a “stolen election” in order to reach the good graces of their Trump-supporting voter base and the big man himself. What results is the delegitimizing of our electoral institutions and the tricking of some portion of the American people into thinking maybe Biden didn’t actually win. As Morelle pointed out in his exchange with Jordan, the consequences of this playacting can be deadly, as we saw during the Capitol riots on January 6th. Morelle wrapped up by saying Biden is president now because Congress ultimately ignored the demands of Trump, Jordan, and their followers and counted the electoral votes as cast after the dust settled on January 6th.

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