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article imageOp-Ed: How embarrassing — Trump machine wants states to change electors

By Karen Graham     Nov 25, 2020 in Politics
The Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee will hold a public hearing Wednesday in Gettysburg to discuss “election issues and irregularities.” Rudy Giuliani will attend the hearing.
"We are pleased that the state Legislatures in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Michigan will be convening hearings to examine the November 3rd presidential election,” campaign senior legal advisor Jenna Ellis said in a statement, claiming to have proof of fraud in unspecified states but not offering any proof.
According to a news release from the office of state Senator Doug Mastriano, (R-Chambersburg), the committee, led by state Sen. David Argall, (R-Mahanoy City(, is set to meet at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at a hotel in Gettysburg, according to
“Over the past few weeks, I have heard from thousands of Pennsylvanians regarding issues experienced at the polls, irregularities with the mail-in voting system, and concerns whether their vote was counted,” Mastriano said in the news release.“We need to correct these issues to restore faith in our republic.”
Mastriano noted that he is one of many Pennsylvania state lawmakers who have called for the resignation of Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, the state’s top elections official. She is accused of issuing conflicting guidance to counties in the run-up to the Nov. 3 election and of issuing orders that exceed the powers of her office, reports the Gettysburg Times.
Other Trump Campaign Hearings
Interestingly, the Trump campaign is claiming that Arizona and Michigan will be holding public hearings on the 2020 presidential election, According to AZ Central. The hearing in Arizona is supposed to be held on November 30, but legislative leaders said they had not authorized any such meeting.
The Arizona hearing is scheduled for the same day officials are set to certify Arizona’s election results. But the Trump campaign did not offer any details, such as the time of the hearing or the name of the legislative committee that will convene.
"News to me,” Senate President Karen Fann, (R-Prescott), replied when asked about plans for a hearing. A spokesman for Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rusty Bowers, (R-Mesa), said he had not authorized a hearing, either. Actually, the so-called hearing was news to the governor. A spokesperson for Gov. Doug Ducey said he was unaware of a hearing.
Moving on to Michigan, the Detroit News is reporting that The Trump campaign's announcement of a hearing on election integrity scheduled for December 1 won't occur, a key GOP state lawmaker said.
There were discussions about having Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, testify, state House Oversight Committee Chairman Matt Hall, (R-Marshall), said. "We’ve just determined that logistically it’s not something we’re going to be able to do," said Hall, adding that the Trump campaign has been invited to submit written testimony.
With hair dye streaming down his cheeks the president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani unleashed eyebrow-...
With hair dye streaming down his cheeks the president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani unleashed eyebrow-raising claimsat a press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC
It's getting embarrassing now
Pennsylvania and Michigan certified the results of the 2020 race this week in favor of President-elect Joe Biden, while Arizona will certify their election results on November 30, the same say the so-called hearing is to take place.
Trump refuses to concede the election to Joe Biden, who won over 80 million votes - the most anyone has ever won in a presidential election. So now, his campaign is saying that under the U.S. Constitution, state legislatures have the "sole authority to select their representatives to the Electoral College." This is an ambiguous statement, at best, and technically wrong.
"State legislatures are uniquely qualified and positioned to hold hearings on election irregularities and fraud before electors are chosen," the Trump campaign said in a statement.
However, it boils down to Trump wanting to get Republican legislators to change the already appointed electors in their respective states so that the electoral college votes will go to him and not Joe Biden.
Every presidential election year, political parties and independent candidacies nominate their national candidates for President and Vice President. In each state where they are entitled to be on the ballot, they also nominate a group (a “slate” or “ticket”) of candidates for the office of elector that is equal in number to the electoral votes to which the state is entitled.
What does this mean? When an American casts his or her ballot, they are actually voting for the slate of electors in their state pledged to those candidates. So, on election day, if a majority of voters in a state vote for the Republican candidate for president, the Republican slate of electors is elected. If a majority vote for the Democratic candidate, the Democratic slate of electors are chosen.
What the Trump machine is trying to do is nothing short of illegal, and very sad. You might even call it the last hurrah of a loser.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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