Steube Calls Out Democrats’ Refusal to Accept Election Results, Defends President Trump During Floor Debate

September 30, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) yesterday spoke on the House floor against House Democrats’ dangerous rhetoric during the debate on H.Res. 1148.

“Republicans are also committed to peaceful transitions of power. Democrats have been the ones to contest presidential elections. They contested the 2000 election. They contested the 2004 election, and Democrats still refuse to believe that President Trump won the 2016 election fair and square,” Steube said. “The real question today is, will the Democrats accept the results of the election?”

Though the resolution contains vague legislative language related to peaceful transitions of power, House Democrats used debate time on the House floor to suggest that President Trump is not committed to a peaceful transition of power should he lose the 2020 presidential election. Rather than a time of meaningful debate, this time was used to prematurely question the outcome of the 2020 election.

The full text of the legislation can be found here.

Steube’s full remarks can be found here or below.

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Today, we are here to waste time on an unnecessary resolution to commit to a peaceful transition of power. To be clear, President Trump and House Republicans are committed to ensuring Americans receive a free and fair election.

Republicans are also committed to peaceful transitions of power. Democrats have been the ones to contest presidential elections. They contested the 2000 election. They contested the 2004 election, and Democrats still refuse to believe that President Trump won the 2016 election fair and square.

So, ahead of November 3rd, 2020, the Democrats are using floor time for partisan smear tactics to undermine the President.

The Administration has been clear. On September 24, 2020, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany stated that ‘the President will accept the results of a free and fair election. He will accept the will of the American people.’

The real question today is, will the Democrats accept the results of the election?

They are already questioning the legitimacy of this election. Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ nominee in 2016 has advised that, ‘Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances.’

A senior House Democrat stated that President Trump ‘is not going to win fairly.’ Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden has said that his ‘single greatest concern’ is that the President is ‘going to try and steal this election.’

This resolution is just another attempt by the Democrats to instill fear within the American people. Just one more hoax for them to perpetrate on the American people.

Not only have Democrats prematurely questioned the results of the election, they have also sought to erode basic election security safeguards as states move towards all mail-in voting.

Universal mail-in ballots. This is the concern that President Trump has been warning about. In several states, Democrats have been trying to eliminate absentee ballot witness and notary requirements, expanding ballot harvesting, and extending deadlines for states to receive mail-in ballots for up to a week after the election.

If successful, Democrats will inevitably open the door to election crimes and administration errors.

So, while making baseless accusations about President Trump stealing the election, Democrats are also undermining the integrity of the electoral process by pushing for less accountability.

And on top of that we are here today to consider a resolution to chastise the President for raising policy concerns about the process. This is ridiculous and it needs to stop.

I reserve the balance of my time."

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