Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the House Republican chief, steered on Wednesday that members of his get together acknowledged that President Biden had been legitimately elected, 4 months after he and 146 different Republicans voted to overturn the election outcomes.
“I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election,” Mr. McCarthy informed reporters after assembly with Mr. Biden and congressional leaders at the White House to debate infrastructure spending. “I think that is all over with. We’re sitting here with the president today. So from that point of view, I don’t think that’s a problem.”
In actuality, quite a few Republican lawmakers proceed to query the legitimacy of the presidential election, in lock step with former President Donald J. Trump. Hours earlier than Mr. McCarthy made his feedback, he joined different House Republicans in voting to oust Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming from her management place for repudiating the former president’s election lies and denouncing the lawmakers who inspired them.
Ms. Cheney’s probably substitute, Representative Elise Stefanik of New York, recently claimed that election officers had engaged in “unprecedented, unconstitutional overreach” final yr and expressed assist for a Republican-led audit of the 2020 election results in Arizona, half of a continued effort to forged doubt on Mr. Biden’s victory there.
Other congressional Republicans, together with Representatives Matt Gaetz of Florida and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, have additionally endorsed the Arizona audit, and the lie that the election was stolen has fueled a barrage of restrictive voting bills throughout the nation.
In January, 147 Republican lawmakers voted against certifying Mr. Biden’s victory. When requested point-blank whether or not they believed Mr. Biden received the election legitimately, they rarely give a straight answer. And the few who’ve spoken out towards efforts to delegitimize the election, or who’ve publicly criticized Mr. Trump’s actions associated to the election — corresponding to Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Representative Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio — have been rebuked.
Addressing her fellow Republicans earlier than they voted to oust her Wednesday morning, Ms. Cheney stated that they need to not “let the former president drag us backward,” and that in the event that they needed a frontrunner who would “enable and spread his destructive lies,” they need to vote to take away her.
They responded with jeers.