Pennsylvania GOP Lawmakers Who Resist Election Audit ‘Will Be Primaried,’ Trump Suggests

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
June 15, 2021 Updated: June 15, 2021

Former President Donald Trump suggested that he may support a primary challenge against at least one Pennsylvania Republican senator who he claimed is resisting election audits of the 2020 election.

In a statement on Monday, Trump named Pennsylvania GOP Sens. Jake Corman and David Argall.

“Why is State Senator Jake Corman of Pennsylvania fighting so hard that there not be a Forensic Audit of the 2020 Presidential Election Scam? Corman is fighting as though he were a Radical Left Democrat, saying that a Forensic Audit of Pennsylvania not take place,” Trump said. And the former president also asked: “Why is Senator David Argall playing the same game? Are they stupid, corrupt, or naive? What is going on?”

It’s unclear why Argall was named by the former president as the senator previously announced he “support[s] the call for an election audit.”

“For the last two weeks, I have said this many times:  I support a forensic audit of PA’s November 2020 elections.  We are now investigating the details of how to do that,” Argall said, according to his spokesperson in a comment to The Epoch Times on Tuesday when asked about Trump’s statement.

On Monday, Trump further said that if Corman “continues along this path of resistance,” he “will be primaried” ostensibly by a candidate who is backed by the former president, and he will “lose by big numbers.”

“What went on in Philadelphia and other areas of the State must be properly and legally exposed. If it is not, just like with open Borders, we won’t have a Country anymore!” Trump added.

Corman’s office told The Epoch Times that the senator has no comment on Trump’s claim he would be primaried and pointed to a recent report released by the state’s Special Committee on Election Integrity and Reform that would, according to the senator, strengthen Pennsylvania’s election system.

Several Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers recently toured the audit of Arizona’s Maricopa County earlier this month and expressed hope that a similar one would take place in Pennsylvania.

But state Rep. Seth Grove, a Republican who chairs the House State Government Committee, has categorically rejected the notion that an audit of his state is needed.

“The PA House of Representatives will not be authorizing any further audits on any previous election,” Grove wrote in a tweet on June 3. “We are focused on fixing our broken election law to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.”

Grove’s tweet likely is in reference to a bill proposed by state Republicans that would allow for more stringent voter identification requirements and mail-ballot signature verification. The bill, among other measures, would eliminate the state’s permanent mail-in voting list, establish a new Bureau of Election Audit agency, and allow early in-person voting starting in 2025.

And rcently, a lengthy report from Wake Technology Services Inc. released after an election assessment of Pennsylvania’s Fulton County uncovered five errors, including several that were linked to elections technology firm Dominion Voting Systems, after Wake TSI staffers visited the county’s election offices in February. Dominion disputed some of the firm’s findings.

Trump’s office has not responded to a request for comment.

Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.