New York Daily News
Don bails on Pa., as Rudy takes a risk
President Trump scrapped plans to attend a dubious Wednesday “hearing” on voter fraud in Pennsylvania after one of his lawyers tested positive for COVID-19 – but a maskless Rudy Giuliani showed up, even though he had good reason to stay away.
The ex-New York mayor, who’s spearheading the president’s futile bid to subvert the 2020 election, interacted with the coronavirus-positive Trump lawyer, Boris Epshteyn, at a press conference in Washington last week. At the same press conference was Andrew Giuliani, the former mayor’s son, who has since also tested positive for the virus.
Nonetheless, Giuliani appeared at Wednesday’s spurious hearing in Gettysburg, Pa., without wearing a face mask, potentially putting others in the room at risk.
“Your election ... is a sham,” Giuliani said at the event, which was hosted at a hotel by local GOP legislators who billed it as a “hearing” on Trump’s baseless claim that Democrats in Pennsylvania and other states rigged the election for President-elect Joe Biden.
Judges across the country have dismissed a flurry of evidence-free Trump campaign lawsuits challenging Biden’s win, but Giuliani told the Republicans at the Gettysburg hotel that they should trust his gut feeling that all 682,770 mail-in ballots cast in the state’s Democrat-heavy Philadelphia and Allegheny Counties are fraudulent.
“I know crooks really well,” said Giuliani, prompting some people in the room to laugh. “You give them an inch and they take a mile, and you give them a mile and they take your whole country.”
Though he stayed away amid news of Epshteyn’s diagnosis, Trump called Jenna Ellis, another one of his attorneys, in the middle of the hearing and was put on speakerphone.
“This was an election that we won easily, we won it by a lot,” Trump said falsely. “This election was rigged and we can’t let that happen ... This election has to be turned around.”
Despite Trump’s continued refusal to admit defeat, Biden won the Nov. 3 election by a decisive 306-232 margin in the Electoral College, and there’s no evidence that widespread fraud or irregularities facilitated the victory.
In Pennsylvania, Biden beat Trump by more than 80,000 votes, and the results were certified by the state Tuesday. Several other states that Biden won have also certified their results, making Trump’s ¬fraud fretting effectively moot.