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Sen. Rand Paul Clashes With ABC’s Stephanopoulos: ‘You’re Forgetting Who You Are As A Journalist!’

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. had a fiery exchange with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Sunday over the challenge to the 2020 presidential election with the top GOP lawmaker questioning the anchor’s journalistic integrity.

Stephanopoulos began the contentious interview by asking Paul if he accepts the “fact” that the “election was not stolen.” Paul responded by insisting that the “debate” over voter fraud should occur and acknowledged how evidence from various claims was never examined since legal cases were “thrown out” by the courts.

While Paul listed off various irregularities that could be challenged or overturned by the Supreme Court, including secretaries of state unilaterally changing election laws by skipping the legislative process, Stephanopoulos had enough.

“Senator Paul, I have to stop you there,” Stephanopoulos interrupted. “No election is perfect but there were 86 challenges filed by President Trump and his allies in court, all were dismissed… The Department of Justice led by William Barr said there was no widespread evidence of fraud. Can’t you just say the words, ‘This election was not stolen?'”

“What I would suggest is if we want greater confidence in our elections and 75 percent of Republicans agree with me is that we do need to look into election integrity and do need to see if we can restore confidence in the elections,” Paul doubled down.

“Well, 75 percent of Republicans agree with you because they were fed a big lie by President Trump and his supporters to say that the election was stolen,” Stephanopoulos fired back.

“George, where you make the mistake is that people coming from the liberal side like you, you immediately say everything’s a lie instead of saying there are two sides to everything,” Paul told the anchor. “Historically what would happen is if I said that I thought there was fraud, you would interview someone who said there wasn’t, but now you insert yourself in the middle and say that the absolute fact is that everything I’m saying is a lie without examining the facts.”

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