by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 30, 2020) — Between Sunday evening and Monday morning, President Donald Trump suggested in a number of tweets that news could be coming out of Pennsylvania, where Sate Sen. Douglas Mastriano said on Wednesday he intended to spearhead an effort in the legislature to choose Republican electors to cast votes for the president when the Electoral College meets in each state capitol on December 14.
Trump has said since the time he was declared the loser in the November 3 election that it was a “rigged” process. Citing the large crowds at his pre-election campaign rallies and reportage from The New York Times stating Democrats had “suffered crushing down-ballot loss across America,” Trump tweeted Sunday evening, “This is true. All statehouses won, and in Washington we did great. So I led this great charge, and I’m the only one that lost? No, it doesn’t work that way. This was a massive fraud, a RIGGED ELECTION!”
One of his tweets was a retweet of a video posted by RNC National Spokesman Elizabeth Harrington depicting Mastriano speaking at a hearing convened by the Pennsylvania Senate last Wednesday to hear testimony from members of the public and the Trump campaign legal team alleging numerous instances of widespread election fraud.
In his opening statement, Mastriano said, “The republic is at stake. This is no game for us. There’s a group in this state and country willing to throw away our valuable and precious freedoms. We’re here to shed light on darkness.”
In an interview with Steve Bannon Friday evening, Mastriano said, ““We’re going to take our power back; we’re going to seat the electors…” and void those chosen by the Democratic Secretary of State to vote for Joe Biden.
On Tuesday, Pennsylvania “certified” the declared results of the election showing Biden won the Commonwealth over Trump by approximately 80,000 votes.
On Friday, the legislature released a resolution which “Declares that the selection of presidential electors and other statewide electoral contest results in this Commonwealth is in dispute,” “Urges the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the Governor to withdraw or vacate the certification of presidential electors and to delay certification of results in other statewide electoral contests voted on at the 2020 General Election; and…Urges the United States Congress to declare the selection of presidential electors in this Commonwealth to be in dispute.”
On Monday morning, Trump urged Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to allow for the verification of mail-in ballots which was not conducted during the initial counting of votes, the state-ordered “hand” recount, nor the second recount requested by the Trump campaign.
Should Kemp allow the process, Trump said, “It will be a ‘goldmine’ of fraud, and we will easily WIN the state…”
A lawsuit filed Wednesday by independent attorney Sidney Powell claims that over 96,000 mail-in ballots whose signatures were not verified against the alleged voters’ signatures on file should be removed from the final count. Biden allegedly won Georgia by 12,670 votes.
Trump then added, “….Also, quickly check the number of envelopes versus the number of ballots. You may just find that there are many more ballots than there are envelopes. So simple, and so easy to do. Georgia Republicans are angry, all Republicans are angry. Get it done!”
On Sunday, Trump told “Sunday Morning Futures” host Maria Bartiromo that he was unsure if his legal team’s challenges would secure a hearing with the U.S. Supreme Court in the short time available to him in the electoral calendar. Also on Sunday, Matt Braynard, the author of a lengthy report on “anomalies” in the election, particularly in the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Georgia, said the FBI contacted him to obtain the data he compiled.
[Editor’s Note: This article originally misreported that Biden “won” Pennsylvania by 800,000 votes. The number has been corrected to say “approximately 80,000” votes. H/T CDRK