Joe Biden’s presidential transition freak show could be coming to an explosive end soon if Pennsylvania Republican State Senator Doug Mastriano’s predictions come true.
He dropped a bombshell Friday during an interview on Real America’s Voice News show War Room Pandemic, hosted by Steve Bannon, announcing that the Pennsylvania legislature is drafting a joint resolution to take back its constitutional authority from the Secretary of State in the appointment of presidential electors.
Mastriano explained that in 1938 the Pennsylvania General Assembly handed over the power to pick delegates to the Secretary of State “so whoever wins the popular vote in the state, assuming the elections are fair, the delegates would naturally go to that person, which makes sense if the election is fair. But if it’s not fair, we’ll actually hand that power of selecting delegates to the same person who cheated, in the same party that cheated? Absolutely not, and so thank God we have the federal Constitution.”
The state senator said “…the resolution is going to say we’re going to take our power back. We’re going to seat the electors.” He emphasized that it would be an uphill battle.
“Now obviously we’re going to need the support of the leadership in the House and Senate. We’re getting there … it’s going to obviously be a struggle. We’re going to hear the palpitations and, you know, the outcries of our Governor Wolf and Secretary Bookvar, whose resignation should have happened months ago, and she should have never been confirmed. But you know what? We have that power and we’re going to take that power back because there’s so much evidence of shenanigans — fraud — and we can’t stand aside and just watch this unfold around us. It’s not about disenfranchising anybody.”
He said momentum started to build following an emotional and revealing hearing on Wednesday by Senate Republicans in Gettysburg, featuring several witnesses who gave their accounts of election fraud that appeared to hand thousands of votes to President Donald Trump’s rival.
“It’s making sure that every legal vote is counted, and if there is extensive shenanigans out there, it’s up to the General Assembly to step in. So we have a fight on our hands and we’re gonna fight. We’re gonna take the fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if we have to.”
His announcement came shortly before a federal appeals court on Friday ruled against the Trump campaign’s lawsuit challenging the election results in Pennsylvania, which a lower court had already tossed out last week.
In a 3-0 decision, the US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit argued the “claims have no merit.”
“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” Judge Stephanos Bibas wrote.
The Trump campaign’s senior legal advisor Jenna Ellis released a statement indicating that the case is headed to the US Supreme Court.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court also rejected five lawsuits on Monday filed by the campaign requesting the invalidation of 8,329 ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election, affirming a lower court decision.
Trump’s legal team argued that the voters failed to handwrite their names, addresses, dates, or in some cases all three, on the outer envelopes.
The lawyers pointed to the General Assembly requirements in the Election Code describing how a qualified elector can cast a mail-in or absentee ballot. The voter must “fill out, date, and sign” the declaration on the outside envelope.
The Philadelphia County Board of Elections argued that “timely-filed ballots” would not be rejected for “merely missing handwritten names, street addresses, and/or dates on the signed voter declaration.”
Three justices wrote opinions for the majority concluding that “no allegations of fraud or illegality” came up in examination of the ballots.
“Failures to include a handwritten name, address or date in the voter declaration on the back of the outer envelope, while constituting technical violations of the Election Code, do not warrant the wholesale disenfranchisement of thousands of Pennsylvania voters,” Justice Christine L. Donohue wrote for the majority.
Two other justices joined Donohue, while other members of the court issued separate opinions. Justice David N. Wecht wrote that while he agrees technically deficient ballots should be counted this year, he does not believe the absence of a date on the declaration “should be overlooked as a ‘minor irregularity.’”