REALITY CHECK: Tim Scott Has Repeatedly Refused to Accept November’s Election Results

In response to Tim Scott’s continued refusal to commit to certifying November’s election results, DNC Rapid Response Director Alex Floyd released the following statement: 

“Tim Scott still hasn’t committed to accepting this November’s election results, no matter who wins. It’s a yes or no question, but Scott refuses to answer clearly because he will do anything to please Donald Trump – even if that means echoing his baseless lies and threatening our democracy. Scott is desperately trying to out-MAGA all of Trump’s extreme veepstakes contenders, but his never-ending election denialism is only making it more clear to the American people that democracy is on the ballot this November.”

Tim Scott on Sunday once again REFUSED to commit to accepting November’s election results, falling in line with Trump’s own dangerous election denialism.

Dana Bash, CNN: “A lot of Republicans have been refusing to commit to accepting the election results in 2024. You haven’t done so yet. … Will you vote to certify the election, no matter who wins?”

Scott: “Well, certainly we expect a fair and honest election. And as a result of that expectation, we will certify the election and certify President Donald Trump as our 47th president.”

Mediaite: “Tim Scott Yet Again Gives Dodgy Answer When Asked if He’ll Certify the 2024 Election”

“Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), who has repeatedly dodged making a commitment to certifying the 2024 election, gave another nebulous answer. … Bash’s interview follows a recent, viral exchange between Scott and Kristen Welker on Meet The Press — in which Scott refused six times to commit to accepting the election results.”

Scott previously REFUSED SIX TIMES to commit to accepting November’s election results.

Washington Post: “Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) was pressed at least six times in a TV interview Sunday on whether he would accept this November’s results. He repeatedly declined to do so… He continued to evade the question even as the interviewer, NBC News’s Kristen Welker, reminded him that a ‘hallmark of our democracy is that both candidates agree to a peaceful transfer of power.’”

NBC News: “Sen. Tim Scott dodges on whether he would accept 2024 election results”

Daily Beast: “Trump VP Hopeful Tim Scott Repeatedly Refuses to Say He’d Accept a 2024 Loss”

The Hill: “Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) repeatedly dodged questions in a Sunday interview on whether he would commit to accepting the 2024 election results, no matter who wins.”

CNN: “Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), a potential vice presidential pick for Donald Trump, refused to commit to saying he would accept the results of the 2024 presidential election.”

Scott has also refused to say if he would have certified the 2020 election results.

CNN: “Sen. Tim Scott declines to say whether he would’ve certified 2020 election results if he were vice president”

HuffPost: “Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) on Sunday dodged CNN anchor Jake Tapper’s question on whether he would have certified President Joe Biden’s 2020 election win over Donald Trump had he been vice president on Jan. 6, 2021.”

Trump has made clear he wants an extreme election denier as a running mate, and his VP contenders are parroting his baseless lies about the 2020 election and refusing to commit to accepting this November’s election results.

Interviewer: “Do you have any regrets about picking Mike Pence as your vice president? And what will you do differently this time around when you’re vetting your VP?”

Trump: “Mike did a good job until the end when he didn’t have the courage to do what you have to do. … if he did that, I believe you would have had different election results.”

NBC News: “None of these potential vice presidential picks have committed to accepting the 2024 election results, whether Trump wins or loses.” 

Washington Post: “Top Republicans, led by Trump, refuse to commit to accept 2024 election results”

“The question has become something of a litmus test, particularly among the long list of possible running mates for Trump. … The GOP’s desire to appease Trump’s fixation on 2020 now appears to loom over his search for a running mate.”

New York Times: “Will You Accept the Election Results? Republicans Dodge the Question.”

“Less than six months out from the presidential contest, leading Republicans, including several of Donald J. Trump’s potential running mates, have refused to commit to accepting the results of the election, signaling that the party may again challenge the outcome if its candidate loses.”

MSNBC: “Potential GOP running mates hedge on accepting election results”

“Trump, obviously, is refusing to commit to honoring the election results — the same posture he adopted four years ago — but so are those hoping to be his running mate.”

Axios: “Republicans are increasingly joining former President Trump on hedging or dodging when asked whether they’ll accept the results of the 2024 elections.”

New York Magazine: “Is 2024 Election Denialism a Trump VP Litmus Test?”

Axios: “Trump and his allies will want a VP pick that is more willing to comply with the former president’s wishes, which former Vice President Pence rejected by certifying the 2020 results.”

CNN: “As Trump continues to focus on his false claims over election integrity, many of his potential deputies expressed their own concerns.”