Corporate media’s coverage of the Jan. 6 anniversary was confronted head-on by the GOP chairwoman as she echoed the former president’s sentiments on Justice Department “hostages.”
(Video: NBC News)
Capitalizing on any opportunity to avoid discussion of the flailing economy, international turmoil and the disaster at the southern border, NBC News host Kristen Welker found a familiar groove challenging the language of former President Donald Trump.
Raising remarks where incarcerated Americans held without due process for actions on Jan. 6, 2021 were referred to as “hostages” by the president, Welker similarly questioned House Republican Conference Chairwoman, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik over her own past statements about the U.S. Capitol breach Sunday on “Meet the Press,” after the congresswoman had lambasted the host.
“Well, first of all, Kristen, as typical for NBC and the biased media, you played one excerpt of my speech,” she criticized. “I stand by my comments that I made on the House floor. I stood up for election integrity, and I challenged and objected to the certification of the state of Pennsylvania because of the unconstitutional overreach.”
“Do you still think it was a tragic day? Do you think that the people who stormed the Capitol should be held responsible to the full extent of the law?” Welker went on to ask after playing the three-year-old video clip of the lawmaker speaking in the hours after the 2020 presidential election certification had been interrupted.
“I have concerns about the treatment of January 6 hostages,” the legislator replied, shifting away from Welker’s main premise.
“We have a role in Congress of oversight over our treatments of prisoners and I believe that we’re seeing the weaponization of the federal government against, not just President Trump, but we’re seeing it against conservatives, we’re seeing it against Catholics,” expanded Stefanik, “and that’s one of the reasons why I’m so proud to serve on the Select Committee on the Weaponization of the Government because the American people want answers, they want transparency and they understand that as you look across this country there seems to be two sets of rules.”
“If your last name is Clinton or it’s Biden, you get to live by a different set of rules than if you’re an everyday, patriotic American,” she continued.
“I’ve been clear, Kristen, if you go back and play the full speech I gave on the House floor, I condemned the violence just like I condemned the violence of the BLM riots. But, I also importantly stood for election integrity and security of our elections which, if we don’t have that we do not have a democracy,” added the New York lawmaker. “So the real threat to our democracy is these baseless, witch hunt investigations and lawsuits against President Trump — whether it’s [New York Attorney General Letitia] James or whether we see in the D.C. circuit courts — and that is undemocratic and it’s shredding our Constitution.”
“And you know who agrees with me, Kristen?” she asked and answered. “The American people. That’s why President Trump is winning in poll after poll against Joe Biden.”
In the same discussion, Welker had pressed Stefanik on whether or not she would commit to certifying the results of the 2024 presidential election to which she raised the leftist attacks against free and fair elections by attempting to remove Trump from the ballot in multiple states.
“We will see if this is a legal and valid election,” she remarked. “What we’re seeing so far is that Democrats are so desperate they’re trying to remove President Trump from the ballot. That is suppression of the American people. And the Supreme Court is taking that case up in February. That should be a nine to zero to allow President Trump to appear on the ballot because that’s the American people’s decision to make this November.”
“What we saw in 2020 was unconstitutional circumventing of the Constitution — not going through state legislatures when it comes to changing election law,” Stefanik added. “And we’re seeing this in my home state of New York, Kristen. We are seeing Democrats try to steal the election and illegally gerrymander congressional districts that we fairly won and are fair line. So I see this at a very local level, as well as the unconstitutional overreach we saw at the national level in 2020.”
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