Speaker Johnson Put Liberal Host In Her Place 

Daily Report January 08,2024

House Speaker Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) put a liberal host in her place after she tried to trap him with questions relating to the 2020 election.

CBS host Margaret Brennan was interviewing Johnson on “Face The Nation.” Johnson and Brennan discussed the goals Congress hopes to achieve in 2024 before the host lobbed questions regarding the 2020 election at the speaker.

“You were the lawmaker who circulated the legal brief, known as the Texas amicus brief, challenging the 2020 election outcome in a number of states — which, by CBS editorial standards, makes you an election denier,” Brennan said.

Johnson immediately shot back at Brennan’s remarks, telling her “that’s nonsense.” The lawmaker asked Brennan if she read the brief, leaving her momentarily stunned and speechless. Brennan later responded that she had extensively read some criticisms of the brief.

Brennan quickly pivoted from the brief and asked the speaker if he recognized President Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election.

“President Biden was certified as the winner of the elections. He took the oath of office, he’s been the president for three years. The argument that we presented to the court — which is our only avenue to do so — was that the Constitution was clearly violated in the 2020 election — it’s Article 2, Section 1 — and anyone can Google it and read it for themselves. The system by which you choose electors to elect the president of the United States must be done by the individual states and the system must be ratified by the state legislatures. That is a plain language out of the Constitution,” Johnson stated. We presented that argument and those facts to the court and it was never directly addressed because of the Texas litigation. But that was the only vehicle that we had to present that issue squarely to the court.”

Johnson introduced the amicus brief, which supported a Texas lawsuit challenging the 2020 election results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The brief argued that states violated Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution, which states presidential electors are to “be appointed in a manner directed by the state.” The Supreme Court threw out the brief in December 2020 after it ruled the brief lacked standing to have been brought forward.

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