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Fact Check: Facebook posts – Video shows Jim Jordan denying he said the election was stolen

You don’t have to watch a 13-minute-long video recently shared on Facebook for very long before realizing that its premise is flawed. 

“‘THE ELECTION WAS STOLEN’ Jim Jordan SILENCE the entire Democrat in Congress with STUNNING testimony,” reads an oddly-phrased description in the Dec. 18 post. 

It was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook.)

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The video is comprised of two clips. 

The first shows Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, in a contentious back-and-forth with U.S. House Rules Committee chair Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., during an October 2021 hearing related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol that year. 

The video opens with McGovern telling Jordan that when he previously appeared before the rules committee, “I asked you to say five simple words — ‘The election was not stolen’ — and you were unable to say them then. Can you say those five words today?”

“I never said the election was stolen, Mr. Chairman, I’ll give you the same answer,” Jordan replies. “I never said it was.”

The second clip in the video shows December 2021 remarks Jordan made in connection with a bill to limit presidential power and election interference, but he didn’t say the election was stolen then, either.

CNN fact-checked Jordan’s claim that he never said the election was stolen and called it “highly misleading.” Jordan participated in “stop the steal” events, questioned how former President Donald Trump could have lost the election and objected to Electoral College results despite no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

But that doesn’t make this Facebook post’s framing of the committee exchange more accurate. 

Around the six-minute mark of the video, Jordan says that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said “the 2016 election was stolen,” but otherwise, he says nothing like what’s claimed in the Facebook post. 

We rate claims that this video shows Jordan saying the 2020 election was stolen False.

 

Source: PolitiFact.