Donald Trump Slams WSJ: ‘Democrats,’ ‘Fake News Media’ Don’t Want Pennsylvania Audit

US President Donald Trump boards Air Force One before departing Harlingen, Texas on January 12, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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Former President Donald Trump slammed the Wall Street Journal Wednesday in a letter to the editor, asserting, “the election was rigged.”

Trump’s letter comes in response to the WSJ Editorial Board’s Sunday article, “The Election for Pennsylvania’s High Court,” which was written in support of Judge Kevin Brobson, the Republican nominee for Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court.

The original opinion piece stated President Joe Biden won 77 percent of Pennsylvania’s mail-in ballots, but it “didn’t matter because Mr. Biden won the state by 80,555.”

Hitting back against the vote tally, the former president wrote, “Well actually, the election was rigged, which you [the WSJ], unfortunately, still haven’t figured out.”

In six bullet points, Trump lays out “just a few examples of how determinative the voter fraud in Pennsylvania was,” such as the disputed claim that “120,000 excess voters are not yet accounted for by the Pennsylvania Department of State—far more votes than voters!”

He then gives 14 cases of “data integrity problems” discovered by Audit the Vote PA, like “305,874 voters were removed from the rolls after the election on Nov. 3rd.”

Trump’s chief spokeswoman Liz Harrington posted a Twitter thread of the entire letter:

The former commander-in-chief specifically criticized former Attorney General Bill Barr and Mark Zuckerberg. He wrote that the former AG “ordered U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain to stand down and not investigate election irregularities.” Trump then claimed Zuckerberg “poured over $17 million to interfere in the Pennsylvania election.”

Trump concluded, “This is why Democrats and the Fake News Media do not want a full forensic audit in Pennsylvania. In reality, 80,555 ballots are nothing when there is this much corruption or voter irregularities.”

Trump’s letter comes as a Republican-led Pennsylvania State Senate committee faces challenges conducting hearings on a forensic investigation of the 2020 election.

Pennsylvania is also facing lawsuits over Act 77, a 2019 law expanding mail-in voting. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer earlier this month, the cases “have some Democrats quietly worried.”

Election workers count ballots at the Philadelphia Convention Center on November 06, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Joe Biden took the lead in the vote count in Pennsylvania on Friday morning from President Trump, as mail-in ballots continue to be counted in the battleground state. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Election workers count ballots at the Philadelphia Convention Center on November 06, 2020, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The WSJ, one of the few establishment outlets still publishing content from Trump, is under fire for printing the letter.

Philip Bump from the Washington Post claimed the WSJ was “enabling [Trump’s] dangerous misinformation.”

MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan tweeted, “What an embarrassment… anti-democratic trash,” while then directing readers to Trump’s op-ed with a link.

GQ’s legal affairs editor Luke Zaleski also promoted Trump’s ideas, with the caption, “This is a laundry list of trump lies and debunked propaganda what the fuck.”

In July, the WSJ published “Why I’m Suing Big Tech,” another article by the widely canceled 45th president. “Big Tech has been illegally deputized as the censorship arm of the U.S. government… It is unacceptable, unlawful and un-American. Through these lawsuits, I intend to restore free speech for all Americans—Democrats, Republicans and independents,” Trump explained.


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