by Sharon Rondeau

(Jun. 14, 2021) — In a late-afternoon social-media statement on what happened to be his 75th birthday on this Flag Day, 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump criticized Pennsylvania state senate president pro tempore Jake Corman (R) for allegedly “fighting so hard” against conducting a forensic audit of the 2020 election which saw the Commonwealth’s 20 electoral votes delivered to Democrat Joe Biden amid considerable questions about the integrity of the ballot.

“Why is State Senator Jake Corman of Pennsylvania fighting so hard that there not be a Forensic Audit of the 2020 Presidential Election Scam?” Trump wrote in a statement posted on Gab.com. “Corman is fighting as though he were a Radical Left Democrat, saying that a Forensic Audit of Pennsylvania not take place…”

In addition, Trump faulted Pennsylvania state senator David Argall for “playing the same game.”

“Are they stupid, corrupt, or naive?” Trump asked. “What is going on? Other State Senators want this Forensic Audit to take place—immediately. I feel certain that if Corman continues along this path of resistance, with its lack of transparency, he will be primaried and lose by big numbers. What went on in Philadelphia and other areas of the State must be properly and legally exposed. If it is not, just like with open Borders, we won’t have a Country anymore!”

On June 4, The Post & Email contacted Corman’s office to inquire if he intended to advocate for a forensic audit after a three-person legislative delegation visited the Maricopa County, AZ forensic audit which is reportedly nearing completion after nearly two months of activity. The response we received from Corman’s media spokesman, Jason Thompson, read, “Hello Sharon, thank you for reaching out. Although we appreciate you contacting us ensure the Senator’s perspective is included, we have no comment at this time.”

As of Saturday, at least 13 state delegations visited the audit, according to Arizona Republican Party Chairman Dr. Kelli Ward and the official Twitter account “of the Senate Liaison for the Maricopa County 2020 Forensic Election Audit.” States represented include Alaska, Utah, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Washington, Virginia, Utah, Colorado, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Missouri.

On June 4, Trump opined, “Now the Pennsylvania Senate needs to act. Senate President Jake Corman needs to fulfill his promise to his constituents to conduct a full Forensic Audit. Senator Dave Argall, Chairman of the State Government Committee, has to authorize the subpoenas, if necessary. The people of Pennsylvania and America deserve to know the truth. If the Pennsylvania Senate leadership doesn’t act, there is no way they will ever get re-elected!”

Pennsylvania’s audit delegation included State Sens. Doug Mastriano and Cris Dush, and State Representative Rob Kauffman,” Trump had written.

Since November 4, Trump has claimed he won the November 3 general election handily but was cheated out of a second term by massive fraud in a half-dozen “swing” states identified as Georgia, Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. Some believe the results of the Maricopa audit will reveal an overcount for Biden in the state’s most populous county, which Biden reportedly won by .3%, or fewer than 12,000 votes.

A reported 2.1 million ballots were cast in Maricopa County in November.

On Monday morning, Fox News reported that of the nine of ten Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted in favor of impeaching Trump a second time over what they alleged was his role in encouraging violence on January 6, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol are facing aggressive primary challengers for 2022:

Nine of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol are already facing primary challenges – and some of them may have a very hard time holding on to their seats. 

Trump vows to work against those Republicans as they run for reelection in 2022, and has already endorsed one primary challenger and signaled there are more to come. 

On Monday evening, The Post & Email contacted both Corman and Argall for comment on Trump’s statement but did not hear back by press time.


Update: At 8:23 p.m. EDT, Argall responded:

For the last two weeks, I have said this many times:  I support a forensic audit of PA’s November 2020 elections.  We are now investigating the details of how to do that.

SENATOR DAVID G. ARGALL**29TH DISTRICT**Schuylkill and Berks Counties

Senator Argall represents 94 municipalities ranging from the farms and growing Berks County suburbs of Reading to the anthracite coal “patch towns” of northern Schuylkill County.

Senator Argall’s top legislative priorities are promoting job growth, eliminating our unfair school property tax, and revitalizing our struggling downtowns and older industrial neighborhoods.  Senator Argall has led successful battles to pass several new anti-blight laws. Because of his leadership, communities across Pennsylvania have witnessed a positive transformation.

Senator Argall earned his Ph.D. in public administration from Penn State and has taught many students at several local colleges and universities. His doctoral studies included an Eisenhower Fellowship to review the transformation of East Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the benefits and drawbacks of Pennsylvania’s tax-free Keystone Opportunity Zones for economic development.

In an email time-stamped 8:25 p.m., Thompson responded on behalf of Corman:

Hi Sharon, thanks for reaching out.

On background, I would share with you for informational purposes that the bipartisan Special Committee on Election Integrity and Reform released a report today detailing its findings and recommendations to strengthen Pennsylvania’s election system. Not sure how many other states did a similar kind of months-long comprehensive review, but I know it’s not many. A link to a news release on that topic is available here: https://www.senatorcorman.com/2021/06/14/senate-special-committee-releases-report-on-election-reforms/.

On the statement from former President Trump, the Senator has no comment.

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