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Republican "Alternate Elector" In Wisconsin: "No," Biden Is Not Yet President-Elect While We Appeal To Supreme Court

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Wisconsin GOP official Bill Feehan spoke to MSNBC's Ari Melber about why Republican electors are refusing to acknowledge that Joe Biden is at this time the president-elect. The Republican argument is that they have appointed alternate electors that could vote for Donald Trump when the Electoral College convenes on January 6 -- in the event that the president's legal team or the Supreme Court are able to demonstrate credible evidence of widespread election fraud.

"I'm of the view that there are still legal cases that are moving forward and one of those I'm a plaintiff in that's being appealed to the Supreme Court. It's already been appealed," Feehan said.

"What you have to understand, is why when we go out of our way to come on and don't answer five questions in a row. Viewers might think, gosh, are you of the view that Joe Biden is the president-elect or not? That's a yes or no question?" MSNBC host Ari Melber asked.


"No."



Transcript (rough):

ARI MELBER: We did want to hear from everyone so we also invited on Bill from the La Crosse County Republican Party, and as mentioned had Trump won Wisconsin he would have been a Trump elector. Thanks for joining me tonight.

BILL FEEHAN: Thanks for having me. But I'm the chairman of the 3rd Congressional district and that's why I'm an elector in Wisconsin.

ARI MELBER: Sorry, that's a party official. Great. Well, let me ask you this, here we are four years out, four years ago you were on the winning side. Donald Trump was president-elect that cycle. Now, of course, Joe Biden is president-elect, so how are you sort of reflecting on the process, this cycle, when you're on the other side of it?

BILL FEEHAN: Well, the first thing is we have to understand that there's fraud in every presidential election. The question is does it rise to a level where it changes the outcome of the election. And here in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Elections Commission repeatedly ignored state law. Number one by issuing 215,000 ballots with no identification for --

ARI MELBER: I guess we could get to that but I was curious if you want to sort of answer the question I asked.

BILL FEEHAN: So, what is your question?

ARI MELBER: I was just curious how you're reflecting. This is one of those days where it is a day for democracy, a civic day, and I was mentioning last cycle when you were supporting Donald Trump he was the president-elect. And this time he's not, he is the loser of this race. How are you reflecting being on the other side on a day when traditionally there can be some unity for the process.

BILL FEEHAN: Oh, okay, well, first of all, the electoral college will meet on January 6th, a joint session of Congress and that's where the vote will take place to determine who the President of the United States is. So that hasn't happened yet.

ARI MELBER: Also somewhat non-responsive.

I mean, I guess I'm asking you, the president-elect last cycle at this time you were as was the whole Republican party resolved on the enact that we were past the point that the results were clear so I guess what I was asking, we can move on to other topics. Just how you felt about that.

BILL FEEHAN: Well, I think it's pretty clear what I'm saying is something that the president of the United States will be determined on January 6th. Not today and, yes, Republican electors --

ARI MLEBER: I guess if you're going to go there, why wasn't that your approach last time or the Republican Party's approach?

BILL FEEHAN: Well, there were no -- there was no contention. There were no lawsuits the last time.

ARI MELBER: I'm a little curious as well since you did want to get into -- well, you did want to get into validity. We have a quote from you from an interview with BuzzFeed where you said, I haven't seen any evidence that proves there was massive voter fraud or enough to change the outcome in Wisconsin. And, of course, that's what every court has found as well. Since you've said that yourself, since the courts have found that, why do you think it's hard for at least the president and some officials to accept these results? What is the point of misleading about something that's so clearly been resolved?

BILL FEEHAN: It's not misleading. And I'll just say there are clear instances where the Wisconsin election commission gave instructions to the clerks that contradict state law, I mentioned 215,000 ballots without I.D. They also instructed clerks to cure ballots. They refused to remove 134 -- people from the rolls who moved out of state. We know 7,000 of those people voted in this election. And --

ARI MELBER: Well, maybe we just for clarity, are you -- are you of the view -- let me just finish the question, sir. Are you of the view that Joe Biden is not the president-elect and didn't win the election?

BILL FEEHAN: I'm of the view that there are still legal cases that are moving forward and one of those I'm a plaintiff in that's being appealed to the Supreme Court. It's already been appealed.

ARI MELBER: I'm familiar with that case. You lost that case and you can repeal it. What you have to understand, is why when we go out of our way to come on and don't answer five questions in a row. Viewers might think, gosh, are you of the view that Joe Biden is the president-elect or not? That's a yes or no question?

BILL FEEHAN: No.

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