Jordan: 'Something Doesn't Feel Right' About Election as GOP Flips Seats, Trump Comes Up Short
GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio believes “something doesn’t feel right” about the presidential election results, particularly in light of the over 9 million more votes President Donald Trump garnered this year than in 2016 and Republicans picking up seats in the House of Representatives.
“The same people who told us you could trust the Steele dossier are now telling us you can trust the results of this election,” Jordan told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday night.
“The same people who told us you could trust the whistleblower in the impeachment hearings, remember the anonymous whistleblower with no firsthand knowledge, biased against the president, who worked for Joe Biden, you can trust him,” the Republican continued.
“Now they’re saying you can trust the results of this election.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2020
Jordan cited the odd intersection of Trump getting millions more votes this year than in 2016 (72.5 million versus almost 63 million) and Republicans picking up perhaps a dozen seats in the House, yet the president not winning in some key swing states.
“I think people in Pennsylvania and people across the country … they know something doesn’t feel right here,” the lawmaker said.
“The president got 9 million more votes this time than he did four years ago and yet he comes up short even though we gained seats in the House of Representatives. Something doesn’t feel right,” Jordan reiterated.
When Barack Obama won in 2008, a 21-seat Democratic leap in the House came with him. In 2012, Democrats picked up an additional eight seats when Obama won re-election.
In 1980, Republicans saw a net gain of 34 seats the same year as Ronald Reagan’s win over incumbent Jimmy Carter.
When Reagan won re-election in 1984, the GOP picked up another 14 seats.
In this current election, Republicans have flipped at least six seats in the House and may end flipping a few more.
Of course, it is rare for an incumbent president to lose a re-election bid, but for him to lose and his party to gain seats seems particularly odd.
Obviously, it did not happen in 1980 in the Carter vs. Reagan contest.
However, it did in 1992 when Republicans gained nine seats, but Democrat Bill Clinton defeated Republican George H.W. Bush with only 43 percent of the vote, due to Ross Perot being in the race as an independent candidate.
Jordan believes Trump’s team is right to push for a closer look at the election results.
“Let’s go all the way until this is independently verified,” he said.
“The Electoral College doesn’t meet until Dec. 14,” he said. “There is time to make sure this was done right, that we have integrity in our elections.”