On Sunday, Representative Ken Buck (R-CO) said that politicians who contest the 2020 presidential election outcome are “lying to America.”
Are the 2020 Elections Illegitimate?
Buck’s remarks coincide with the announcement that former President Donald Trump, who has maintained his illegitimacy claims about the results of the 2020 election, is reentering the presidential race in 2024.
Republicans Need to “Move Forward” From Election Deniers
Buck stated that he thinks the Republican Party can defeat President Joe Biden in the upcoming presidential election, but that in order to accomplish so, it must “move forward” from election skeptics.
Those Folks Are Lying to America
“Everyone who makes the argument that Jan. 6 was an unguided tour of the Capitol is lying to America,” Buck stated. “Everyone who says that the prisoners who are being prosecuted right now for their involvement in Jan. 6, that they are somehow political prisoners or that they didn’t commit crimes, those folks are lying to America.”
We’ve Got to Get Past the Lies
“As a Republican Party, if we’re going to offer good solid policy answers to the real challenges we face in America, we’ve got to get past the lies, and we’ve got to have credibility with the American public. And I think we can do that. But we have to move forward.”
Buck Gets Asked About Johnson’s Attempt to Reverse 2020 Election Result
Buck was questioned concerning the case the state of Texas filed with the Supreme Court against many battleground states that supported Joe Biden in 2020, as well as House Speaker Mike Johnson’s attempt to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election.
It’s Been Done Dozens of Times in American History
Buck supported Johnson’s decision to join the lawsuit, pointing out that “it’s been done dozens of times in American history,” but he also expressed the hope that Johnson would clarify his stance on the 2020 election moving forward.
Joe Biden Is an Existential Threat to This Country
“I hope all of my Republican colleagues become more clear and recognize the fact that Joe Biden is an existential threat to this country, and we need to defeat him, and we do that with someone who’s not lying to the country,” Buck stated.
Trump Still Leading the Party’s Primary Race
As he continues to top the party’s primary, Trump is now the predicted nominee for the Republican Party in the 2024 presidential election. Among the other contenders in the contest are business magnate Vivek Ramaswamy, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Biden Seeks Reelection Alongside Harris
Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris said earlier this year that they will run for reelection. A rematch between the two candidates would occur if Biden stays the Democratic Party’s presidential contender and Trump wins the Republican Party’s nomination.
10% Of Voters Still Undecided
According to polling data for the 2024 presidential contest that was made public on Wednesday, Trump received 47% of the vote, Biden received just 43%, and around 10% of respondents were uncertain.
“Delusional” to Believe Biden Could Beat Trump
Some have warned against Biden running for reelection amid other polls showing him losing to Trump. Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN), a fellow Democratic presidential contender for 2024, said it is “delusional” to think Biden could defeat Trump in the upcoming race.
Trump’s Control More Complete
After the 2020 election, many predicted that Republicans would move past Trump. However, in the time that has passed, and in spite of several indictments, Trump has strengthened his hold on the party and is currently the clear favorite to be the party’s choice for president in 2024. The exit of individuals like Buck further solidifies Trump’s hold on power.
A Weak and Ineffective Super Rino if There Ever Was One
Using his Truth Social platform, Trump—the creator and main propagator of the election fraud falsehood that he used to spark the murderous attack on Congress on January 6, 2021—referred to Buck as “a weak and ineffectual Super RINO if there ever was one,” abbreviating “Republican in name only.”
A Nuclear Bomb Where a Bullet Would Have Been Appropriate
Buck referred to the Georgia electoral subversion case against Trump as “a nuclear bomb where a bullet would have been appropriate” in August, citing charges of racketeering.
Buck Is Auditioning for a Job at Fake News CNN
Buck also said those things to MSNBC, which Trump has been referring to as “MSDNC” for a long time in reference to the leftist views of the network and the Democratic National Committee. On Wednesday, Trump said that Buck was “applying for a position at Fake News CNN, MSDNC, or some other country-destroying leftwing publication, knowing long ago he could never win against MAGA [Trump’s campaign slogan, ‘Make America great again’”).
It’s “Difficult” Being a Republican
Buck stated in August that his people in Colorado had differing opinions about Trump, with many thinking the former president was “being treated unfairly.” Speaking to Congress, he claimed that it was “difficult” to be a Republican considering “the news is constantly about Donald Trump and these indictments and his actions during a time of the election and until and after 6 January 2021. And so I think that it is difficult to break through that noise right now and try to get a positive message.”
Buck Receives Death Threats on Opposing Jim Jordan’s Candidacy
Buck ran against well-known Trump ally Jim Jordan of Ohio for House Speaker in October. Buck said that his position led to eviction from a constituency office and death threats. Buck reiterated his message to his party in a video that was uploaded to social media on Wednesday.
Good News for the Country!
“Good news for the country!” said Donald Trump in response to the announcement that Buck will resign from Congress at the next election.
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