New York Daily News

Don bails on Pa., as Rudy takes a risk

- BY CHRIS SOMMERFELD­T

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.

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