Donald Trump backed Governor Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania’s Republican primary on Saturday and vowed to overturn the 2020 presidential election by siding with a far-right candidate outside the US Capitol on Jan. 6 I made up my mind.
Mastriano was already leading the crowded contender field and with the backing of the former president, he was given a stronger foothold ahead of Tuesday’s primary election.
But party leaders fear that state senator and retired U.S. Army colonel Mastriano is too extreme to win the November general election and chokes other Republicans competing in a pivotal state with a seat in the U.S. Senate. is growing. catch.
Mastriano, for example, helped Trump and his allies spread the groundless allegation that Democrats fraudulently stole Joe Biden’s elections.
“No one in Pennsylvania has done more or fought harder for an honest election than State Senator Doug Mastriano,” Trump wrote. “He exposed the deception, corruption and outright theft of the 2020 presidential election and will take action against it.”
President Trump said Mastriano was “a fighter like everyone else and has been with me from the beginning and now I have an obligation to be with him.”
Mastriano is a prominent peddler of conspiracy theories, including Trump’s lie that widespread fraud ruined the last White House election and lost in Pennsylvania.
Mastriano has also taken special steps to require voters to “re-register” to vote, and he said he will continue to do so. The move is prohibited by the National Voter Registration Act and will likely receive significant protections under federal (or state) constitutions and laws, constitutional scholars say. But his acceptance of such a concept is a grave violation of democratic norms that respect the outcome of free and fair elections.
“We’re going to start all over again,” he said at a discussion last month, referring to registration.
New York-based Associated Press reporter Jill Colvin contributed to this report.