Rick Scott struggles again when confronted with Donald Trump’s ‘Big Lie’

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Scott says the election was legit, but won't condemn Trump's position.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott continues to branch out beyond conservative media, appearing on CNN Monday morning.

Scott, who spent part of Sunday morning on NBC’s Meet the Press, has seen an uptick in mainstream media bookings in the wake of election results last Tuesday in Virginia and New Jersey.

But as was the case during the Meet the Press hit, former President Donald Trump crowded out the good news, with interviewer Brianna Keilar grilling Scott about the so-called “Big Lie”: the contention Trump and his supporters make that the 2020 Presidential Election was rigged.

Scott dodged Keilar’s fundamental question about whether he was “comfortable” with candidates promulgating the myth of the stolen election.

“Let me be clear. Joe Biden is President. We went through a Constitutional process. Joe Biden is President of the United States,” Scott said, affirming the legitimacy of the 2020 Presidential Election before yet again splitting the difference.

“There are a lot of people who wish Joe Biden wasn’t President, like probably the big majority of Republicans right now,” Scott, who himself voted to decertify one state’s electors in January, added.

As he did on Meet the Press, Scott said it would be “foolish” not to pursue Trump’s endorsement, despite the former President’s fixation on the 2020 outcome. Then Scott proposed a number of false equivalencies with Democrats, none of whom have cast Trumpian doubts about the legitimacy of the electoral process.

“If you’re a Republican, you should go after Donald Trump’s endorsement. If you’re a Democrat, you probably should go after Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama‘s endorsement,” Scott advised, pivoting away from the central question again.

Scott found cause to equate Trump with former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, likening her challenges to her 2018 loss to the yearlong obsession Trump has had in denouncing the election results.

“You want to talk about people who talk about prior elections,” Scott said, “talk about Stacey Abrams.”

Pressed on Trump telling Republicans to sit out future “corrupt” elections, Scott found a way to equate that with words from the Senate Majority Leader.

Chuck Schumer goes to the floor of the Senate and keeps saying that election laws in this country are unfair,” Scott bemoaned.

He further argued Republicans’ claims on the 2020 election may not be all that dissimilar to Democrats’ concerns over various Republican-led election laws.

“Democrats are saying that the election laws in this country are unfair,” Scott said. “How is that different?”

Scott also floundered when asked to defend a Champion for Freedom award he gave to Trump earlier this year, under the auspices of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

“I believe in supporting Israel and so does Donald Trump,” Scott said.

“Look at the Abraham Accords,” the Senator added, “those are really historic.” The Abraham Accords, established in the waning weeks of Trump’s presidency, is an agreement between Israel and several middle eastern countries promoting peace between the nations.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


5 comments

  • zhombre

    November 8, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Russian Collusion was and remains The Big Lie.

  • Evan

    November 8, 2021 at 11:34 am

    Biden couldn’t even pull in 50 people at a rally, and we are supposed to believe he garnered 80 million votes?

  • Impeach Biden

    November 8, 2021 at 11:56 am

    CNN has nothing else but anti-Trump drivel. Hey CNN how about going after Biden and all of his horrible policies and decisions. You have lotto fever spreading through Central America as now these illegals think they will get $450k if they make it to the US. And now “Kamala the Incompetent” is over in Europe discussing migration into that region. I mean this is truly the worst administration probably ever running or should I say ruining the country right now.

  • Johnny Blaze

    November 10, 2021 at 9:11 am

    Rick Scott didn’t ‘struggle’ with anything in this interview with the Crappy News Network. He was fairly strong in his convictions. And he didn’t ‘flounder’ when asked to defend a Champion for Freedom award he gave to Trump. He said he supports Israel and so does Trump. Sorry, what’s wrong with that? Some serious editorializing in this piece. Total garbage writer, sorry.

  • Juan

    November 13, 2021 at 4:45 am

    Funny how they wanted to make it seem as Rick Scott “struggled”. Instead we see Brianna make a fool out of herself. Prostitution has more dignity now and days then these news anchors.

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