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Media (CNN) Interviews Media (ABC), Reminds Us All Why We Hate Media
George Stephanopoulos, Tuesday, March 3, 2020 on ABC's "Good Morning America." "Good Morning America" airs M-F (7am-9am, ET) on ABC. (Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images)
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With just over two weeks to go before President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are set to face off in their first debate of the 2024 presidential election, ABC News host George Stephanopoulos told CNN host Abby Phillip that there was only one question that truly needed to be asked and answered: “Who won the last election?”

Stephanopoulos joined Phillip for Monday’s broadcast of “CNN NewsNight” to talk about his book, but the topic turned to presidential politics and the ABC host’s refusal to give anyone a platform on his show if they believe the 2020 presidential election may have been “stolen.”

The former Clinton aide explained that if someone believed the election was stolen, he had no reason to trust anything else they had to say.

Phillip, as reported by Mediaite, was only too happy to indulge Stephanopoulos’ train of thought on the topic, claiming that a steadfast refusal to acknowledge facts was all part and parcel of being a Trump supporter: “[T]his seems to be, kind of, also another litmus test for how to be in MAGA World. I mean, is this the new reality for this MAGA era of politicians, that they don’t back down when they’re confronted with facts?”


“Perhaps it is, but I think that poses a test for all of us in journalism as well,” Stephanopoulos agreed. “I’ve made it a point, if they will not accept those facts, I don’t go on to other issues. I’m not going to participate in some kind of a sham where you somehow equate the legitimacy of an election or the peaceful transfer of power with a debate over tax cuts or environmental regulation. If you can’t pass that fundamental threshold of saying, ‘Yes, the last election was not stolen, two, I will abide by the results of the next election,’ then I think that’s all voters and viewers need to know. I don’t think if you’re willing to lie about something as big as that, why should anything else they want to talk about be given any credence?”

Phillip then pivoted to the upcoming debate, asking Stephanopoulos what one question he believed would be the most important to ask.

“‘Who won the last election?’ Very simple. ‘Who won the last election?’ Let’s discuss and debate,” he said.

Phillip appeared to agree, although she voiced doubt that Trump would be able to answer that question to her satisfaction.

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