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Republican Hearing in Gettysburg


Members of the Pennsylvania State Senate’s Majority Policy Committee held a public hearing to air fact-free claims of election fraud in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on Nov. 25, 2020. Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano, who would become the party’s 2020 gubernatorial nominee and earn Donald Trump’s endorsement, organized the event, where Trump’s personal lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani pushed the baseless claim that the 2020 election had been stolen from Trump. The then-president himself called in to the meeting, telling lawmakers and members of the public that “we won Pennsylvania by a lot and we won all these swing states by a lot.”

A number of others at the so-called hearing claiming they had witnessed electoral foul play, but none of them had sworn an oath before speaking.

The Pennsylvania Department of State had certified Joe Biden as the winner of Pennsylvania by a margin of over 80,000 votes the day before the event.

Just prior to the former mayor’s testimony, however, a Pennsylvania appellate court temporarily halted the further certification in response to a lawsuit filed by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) seeking to reject all votes from mail-in ballots. A few days later, the state Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit, allowing the certification to proceed.

A month later, Trump invited all of the GOP members of the Pennsylvania state Senate to lunch at the White House