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Yes, Washington Post: There Was Fraud in Pennsylvania
Sen. Pat Toomey (YouTube screenshot)

Over there in the Washington Post was this headline:

Why the Trump campaign’s big legal flameout in Pennsylvania seems like a turning point, even for Republicans

The story, by Amber Phillips, discussing a piece of changed Trump legal strategy, said the suit said that “Trump poll observers had been restricted from watching ballots be tallied in some precincts.” To which Phillips added, “(Trump observers were in the rooms.)”

The amusing part of this is that Phillips herself links to another Post story — this one — which has large and in color a photograph of votes being processed in Allegheny County — Pittsburgh — with this caption:

Members of the Allegheny County Return Board process the remaining absentee and mail-in ballots Thursday in Pittsburgh. (Steve Mellon/AP)

At the forefront of the photograph is … a bicycle rack. Hmmm. What is a bike rack doing there? It is placed there deliberately to keep authorized, legal poll observers from being close enough to do what they are supposed to be there to do — observe each and every ballot to make certain it is legal.

This kind of thing has happened repeatedly in Pennsylvania and also in Michigan. In Michigan, hundreds of affidavits have been collected with Republican poll workers saying things like this:

• There were “many indications of duplicate ballots on the computer screen.” When the poll worker questioned this she was told “they have their own process and don’t interrupt it.” “Each time I would try to move closer to the computer to read better I was shooed and even physically pushed by a poll worker once.”

• “There were several instances in which the poll workers used their bodies to prevent me from watching and observing the ballot counting process.”

• “I was escorted from the room by police after about 9 or 10 hours of peacefully doing my job for simply standing my ground at a table with people who were denying me access to see ballots and threatening me.”

These are a mere three of hundreds of similar sworn statements in which one poll worker after another describes being physically blocked from trying to do the job they were there to do.

Has the Washington Post published them? Of course not. Instead it tries to give the deliberate impression that everything in the ballot counting rooms was just hunky-dory, totally above board, nothing to see here so just move along.

And as those hundreds of Michigan affidavits have quite clearly and abundantly illustrated, this is just not true.

To add to this problem of a deliberate media myth that there was no massive voter fraud are various week-kneed Republicans who are apparently terrified of demanding a fair process where only legal ballots are counted.

When Republicans in the Pennsylvania legislature began investigating the conduct of the election, it summoned Dominion, the online voting company, and this happened, as headlined at the Washington Examiner:

Republicans fuming after Dominion Voting Systems backs out night before scheduled oversight hearing

The story said this:

Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania are expressing frustration after an electronic voting company at the center of President Trump’s voter fraud allegations backed out of a scheduled hearing.

Last evening, Dominion Voting Systems lawyered up and backed out of their commitment to the people of Pennsylvania to provide input in a public format in which 1.3 [million] Pennsylvanian’s entrusted,” Pennsylvania State Rep. Seth Grove said Friday after the news that Dominion Voting Systems representatives canceled a scheduled appearance before the State Government Committee.…

“Why after weeks of accusations has Dominion Voting Systems not released any analysis of the success of their voting machines to the public in order to stop their accusers in their tracks?” Grove asked on Friday. “If they have nothing to hide, why are they hiding from us?”

Good question. In fact, Grove also said that Dominion chose to get “lawyered up” rather than appear before his committee.

And what has Pennsylvania’s Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey said? This, as reported in the New York Times:

Senator Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, told CNBC that while he had backed the president and had supported his right to pursue legal challenges, “the idea that a sitting president would try to, I don’t know, pressure, cajole, persuade state legislators to dismiss the will of their voters” was “completely inconsistent with any kind of truly democratic society.”

Say what? The hard facts are exactly the opposite of what Sen. Toomey is saying. Here is this from a news account of the state legislative investigation:

At the state Capitol, Rep. Dawn Keefer (R., York) said the assembled lawmakers’ offices had been “overwhelmed with calls and emails and other messages from constituents who are confused and outraged by the circumstances surrounding this election.”

Which is to say, Rep. Keefer says that far from having constituents believing she and her fellow state legislators are trying to “dismiss the will of their voters” as Toomey suggested, she and her colleagues “are overwhelmed with calls and emails and other messages from constituents who are confused and outraged by the circumstances surrounding this election.”

The facts of the matter here are twofold:

  1. Yes, there has been serious voter fraud — in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and elsewhere.
  2. And if this is not thoroughly investigated with audits not conducted behind the bike rack barriers with observers six feet away, then the integrity of the American election system is not going to be trusted for years to come.

No matter the myths spun by the Washington Post and the rest of the liberal media.

Not good. Not good at all.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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