On Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “OutFront,” Representative and former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) stated that she’s “not going to weigh in on the application of the term ‘legitimate'” with regards to President-Elect Donald Trump, and “there’s no question that the outcome of this election was affected by the Russian interference with the campaign.”
Wasserman Schultz said that those boycotting the inauguration are “not wrong. I 100% respect their decision not to attend, because we each have to make our own decision. And I’m completely comfortable with the members that have not decided to attend. From my perspective, and the choice that i’m making is that i am the representative of the constituents who live in my district, and as a representative of a co-equal branch of government, the legislative branch, I want to make sure that I am there, sending a very clear and strong message to Donald Trump and his administration that I’m going to be watching every single day, and I’m going to be doing all I can to prevent him and his team from rolling back all the progress we’ve been able to make over the last eight years.”
When asked if she believed Trump is legitimate, Wasserman Schultz responded, “What I believe is that there’s no question that the outcome of this election was affected by the Russian interference with the campaign.”
In response to a second question on whether Trump was legitimate or not, she responded, “I’m not going to use — I’m not going to weigh in on the application of the term ‘legitimate’ or not.”
She further stated that “if more evidence is — comes out that, not only were the Russians a significant impact on the outcome of this election, but the Trump campaign colluded with them to achieve his victory,” she would be prepared to talk about legitimacy.
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