A typically reserved Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) got heated Monday night during his debate with self-described independent opponent Evan McMullin who challenged his faithfulness to the Constitution: “This is not a prop!”
In his continued effort to out-RINO Utah’s junior Republican Sen. Mitt Romney, former CIA officer and attempted 2016 presidential election spoiler McMullin may have spoken in haughty tones as he fired off accusations at Lee, but his debate path remained on the low road throughout the evening. Perhaps no moment better encapsulated this than when the Utah legislator took out his pocket Constitution to emphasize his point.
“I was one of the people trying to dismantle this situation,” Lee said as he elucidated the circumstances surrounding his position regarding the certification of the 2020 presidential election, “trying to stop it from happening because I believe in this document written by the hands of wise men, raised up by God to that very purpose. I followed it. I studied it. And I defended it to a ‘t.'”
Unable to question the senator on his rundown of the facts, McMullin instead took umbrage with the appearance of the document that he would be expected to sign an oath to uphold were he to defeat the incumbent in November, “Senator Lee, the Constitution is not a prop!”
Meanwhile, Lee, oft-considered a favorite to one day be nominated to the Supreme Court, pressed on, defending his fidelity to the rule of law and slammed his opponent, “For you to suggest otherwise looks right in the face of truth and in the face of the Constitution. How dare you, sir!”
Texas Rep. Chip Roy (R) attended the debate and defended his Senate colleague as well, posting to social media, “Now Democrat [McMullin] criticizes [Lee] for pulling out the Constitution – calling it a ‘prop.’ Yet it’s McMullin’s campaign that is a prop – for Democrats masquerading as independents… #StandUpForAmerica.”
Now Democrat @EvanMcMullin criticizes @SenMikeLee for pulling out the Constitution – calling it a “prop.” Yet it’s McMullin’s campaign that is a prop – for Democrats masquerading as independents… #StandUpForAmerica https://t.co/nRaG5Hzs9F
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) October 18, 2022
Still, McMullin continued his attack, repeating the line several more times.
“Look, Senator Lee has been doing this thing with his pocket Constitution for the last several years. Senator Lee, it is not a prop. It is not a prop. Senator Lee, the Constitution is not a prop for you to wave about. And then when it’s convenient for your pursuit of power to abandon without a fight, that’s what you’ve done with that. Okay,” he said.
“If you’re committed to the Constitution, then stand up for our free and fair elections, stand up for the peaceful transfer of power,” he fired off before admitting that Lee had done just that, but questioning the motivations. “You did, so you voted to certify the election in the last moment, in the same way that someone knows, you know, a plot that isn’t quite working out ought to abandon it. That’s what you did.”
McMullin went on asserting that he was building a “cross partisan coalition,” however, his alliances have exclusively come from Never Trumpers like himself and Democrats who opted not to run their own candidate in favor of the “independent” who would have a better chance as an upset against Lee.
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Lee took one more turn to set the record straight and asserted, “This is not a prop, and I don’t carry it as a prop. This is a reference manual. I carry it with me next to my heart because I refer to it daily, constantly. You’d be surprised at how often it comes in handy to have it right there. My colleagues have come to depend on it because they know I’ve always got one. The words matter. I followed the words. You distort the truth and you should be ashamed.”
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