Trump makes use of faux election information to allege large election fraud in Pennsylvania

A Republican legislature in Pennsylvania used numbers from the wrong elections to allege widespread electoral fraud in the state – and Donald Trump went to Twitter early Saturday morning to quote that data.

In a tweet, Senator Doug Mastriano of the state of Pennsylvania used numbers from the area code to indicate that over a million votes were drawn from nowhere in the general election.

This was posted on our State Department dashboard but has since been deleted.

– Senator Doug Mastriano (@SenMastriano) November 27, 2020

As Derek Willis noted on Twitter, it is “amazing” that a Pennsylvania civil servant should outrageously use data from the wrong elections as a basis for reversing the results, but here is the current Republican Party.

It’s amazing that a Pennsylvania state senator would use numbers from the wrong elections.

It’s either ignorance or bad faith, which is neither good for the PA nor for the country.

– Derek Willis (@derekwillis) November 28, 2020

Donald Trump – a man who insists on creating an alternate universe for his followers to live in – quoted Sen. Mastriano’s data in a separate tweet.

The 1,126,940 votes were created out of nowhere. I’ve gained a lot in Pennsylvania, perhaps more than anyone will ever know. The votes in Pennsylvania were RIGGED. All other swing states too. The world is watching!

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2020

Things got worse on Saturday when Mastriano suggested that “mounting evidence” shows that the Pennsylvania presidential election was stolen and that lawmakers should choose electoral college delegates who will undo Biden’s victory.

There is growing evidence that the PA’s presidential election was compromised. If so, Article II, Section 1.2 of the US Constitution gives the legislature sole power to determine the manner in which delegates are selected to the electoral college. (1)

– Senator Doug Mastriano (@SenMastriano) November 28, 2020

It is for this reason that we are introducing a resolution to exercise our obligation and authority to appoint delegates to the electoral college. (3)

– Senator Doug Mastriano (@SenMastriano) November 28, 2020

With lawsuits and recounts failing, Trump hopes state officials will upset the results

While Donald Trump and his clown car are laughed out of courtrooms across the country by lawyers – and since recounts in several states don’t change the outcome – the outgoing president hopes state officials will turn the results upside down for him.

Because of that, he took to Twitter on Saturday to commend “the brave men and women in state houses” who humoured his attempt to reverse the results of an election that Joe Biden clearly won.

Fortunately, those efforts are likely to fail, as Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) said Saturday.

MP Madeleine Dean (D-PA) says Donald Trump’s “desperate attempt” to reverse election results in the state will fail, as will his lawsuits.

– PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) November 28, 2020

“The president will fail to meet any of these electoral college challenges,” said Rep. Dean.

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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.

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