Rep. Bill Johnson to Newsmax TV: Years Before Millions Trust Elections (Newsmax TV's "American Agenda")
By Brian Trusdell | Wednesday, 16 December 2020 04:37 PM
Five-term Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, suggested it will be years before a significant portion of the voting public trusts the electoral system for president again, saying the November election was tainted with fraud, irregularities and media bias not seen in the modern era.
Johnson, who won a sixth term to represent the Ohio's 6th Congressional District along the eastern border with Pennsylvania and West Virginia by a 3-to-1 margin, told Newsmax TV on Wednesday that governors, other state executive branch officials and courts disenfranchised 70 million voters.
"There's a lot more than just a few holdouts," Johnson, 66, told "American Agenda" referring to those who have refused to acknowledge Joe Biden as the president-elect. "There's over 70 million Americans that feel totally disenfranchised. You know, it's undoubtedly true that the Electoral College has named Joe Biden the 46th president of the United States.
"But it's also true that the 2020 election was tainted with credible evidence of voter fraud, voting irregularities, media bias at a level not seen in the modern era. And it's going to take many, many years before tens of millions of voters in America will trust the system again. And we've got to get to the root of the problems that caused this in the 2020 election."
Johnson said he could not answer why various courts, including the Supreme Court, has turned away lawsuits challenging election results. But he noted many of the cases have been rejected on procedural grounds such as "laches" and "standing," including one from Texas – joined by 17 other states – which claimed executive branch officials in four battleground states changed election law and procedures expressly granted in the U.S. Constitution to the state legislatures.
"I'm very disappointed that the Supreme Court decided not to hear the Texas case," Johnson said. "Note that they did not rule on the merits of the case. They simply ruled on the issue of Texas having standing.
"So I think the court cases that are bubbling up through . . . five key states: Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania – they are now going to be key. And I'm hoping that they will eventually get to the Supreme Court. And we'll get some clarity around what does Article II of the Constitution really say about how voting laws are supposed to be handled in the states."
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