In Utah Debate, McMullin Tries Pinning Jan 6 Blame On Lee

Utah incumbent GOP Sen. Mike Lee is in a surprisingly close race to win reelection against independent challenger Evan McMullin, who during Monday night's debate tried to put at least some of the blame for the Jan. 6, 2021, riot on the senator.
FILE - President Donald Trump stands with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, on Dec. 4, 2017, at the Utah State Capitol. Lee, after sailing to victory in past elections, is being pushed by independent Evan McMullin toward uncharted waters, into a race that will test how Trump loyalists fare with voters when offered choices beyond the two-party system. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

At a glance

  • Lee vehemently responded that he did not support the riot and contended that “for you to suggest otherwise, flies right in the face of truth.”
  • McMullin, who previously launched an independent bid for the presidency in 2016, has received the endorsement of the Utah Democratic Party.
  • Much of the early debate focused on the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, with moderators asking Lee whether President Joe Biden “fairly” won the contest.
  • Lee responded that Biden was constitutionally the leader of the country, saying, “Ultimately, what matters is the Electoral College and the Electoral College won.”

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