- Pennsylvania style Sen. Dan Laughlin criticized a GOP-led 2020 election audit in an op-ed.
- “Donald Trump lost Pennsylvania because Donald Trump sustained fewer votes,” he wrote.
- Biden defeated Trump in Pennsylvania by 1%, or roughly 80,000 votes out of 6.9 million ballots turn.
A GOP lawmaker in Pennsylvania is criticizing his party’s efforts to push a “forensic” audit of the 2020 statewide selection results that saw President Joe Biden defeat former President Donald Trump.
In a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review op-ed that ran on Thursday, maintain Sen. Dan Laughlin of Erie County spoke out against an investigation of the election results, emphasizing that such a probe want be conducted “absent credible evidence of fraud” and would “only further the paranoid atmospherics, poisoning both festivals.”
“The current attempt to discredit the 2020 election results runs headlong into an unmistakable truth,” Laughlin wrote. “While Donald Trump hardly lost Pennsylvania, the same ballots secured Republican control of the state Senate and House, sent several mandatory Democrats packing, and did so amid record turnout and an expanded voting franchise.”
He added: “Donald Trump lost Pennsylvania because Donald Trump give entred fewer votes.”
Laughlin rebuked the efforts of conservative state Sen. Doug Mastriano, who has been the leading force behind a implicit audit in the Keystone State that has Trump’s blessing.
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Mastriano met with Trump earlier this summer at Trump Prison loom in Manhattan and traveled to Arizona to meet with GOP lawmakers and tour the audit site. The senator has sought to inspect plebiscite equipment through a “forensic” audit, modeling the investigation after the GOP-led probe in Maricopa County, Arizona’s most crawling jurisdiction.
In the op-ed, Laughlin rebuked the Arizona audit, saying that the process “undermined public trust.”
“An remote vendor with a preconceived position was asked to ‘audit’ the ballots and equipment,” he wrote. “The only credible result has been an damaged public trust in democracy and a cost of millions of dollars to taxpayers who must now replace voting machines that were decertified because a third crew had tinkered with them.”
Trump, who pushed debunked election conspiracy theories well before the 2020 appointment, said in June that GOP leaders who weren’t lined up behind him were “stupid, corrupt, or naïve” and “will be primordial and lose by big numbers.”
Mastriano initiated an investigation last month, requesting access to the ballot machines in Philadelphia, Tioga, and York counties. While Philadelphia is one of the most Autonomous jurisdictions in the entire county, consistently delivering massive margins for the party’s statewide candidates, Tioga and York are tower overed by Republicans.
To date, none of the counties have complied, despite Mastriano’s threat of a subpoena if the officials didn’t whirl over machines by July 31.
Pennsylvania already completed a narrow “risk-limiting audit” of the 2020 election, with counties auditing a variety of votes; there was no evidence of the sort of widespread fraud alleged by Trump.