July 27, 2021

Even in Defeat, Trump Tightens Grip on State GOP Lawmakers

Last week, allies of President Donald Trump accused Republican leaders in Pennsylvania of being “cowards” and “liars” and of letting America down.

Trump himself called top Republicans in the General Assembly in his crusade to twist the arms of officials in several states and reverse an election he lost. The Pennsylvania lawmakers told the president they had no power to convene a special session to address his grievances.

But they also rewarded his efforts: On Friday, the state House speaker and majority leader joined hard-right colleagues — whom they had earlier resisted — and called on Congress to reject Joe Biden’s 81,000-vote victory in Pennsylvania.

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