Ex-GOP Governor in Pennsylvania Condemns Trump’s Gettysburg Meeting as Attempt to “Undermine the Republic”


Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge has accused President Donald Trump of “organizing a false incident in the dedicated areas of Gettysburg” to overthrow the election results.

Ridge, who served as the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security under George W. Bush, tweeted his contempt for discussing alleged irregularities by Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

Trump continues to insist on winning the election despite battlefield states like Keystone State already proving their achievements, in fact closing in on President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf confirmed the election results, according to which Biden won the state by more than 81,000 votes. The next day, a Pennsylvania judge instructed state officials to stop further steps taken to verify the election results, which the Wolf administration appealed against.


Former Governor Tom Ridge speaks on May 19, 2016, at the Sheraton Times Square in New York City. He criticized President Donald Trump’s allegations of electoral fraud.
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Trump had planned to appear in person at the event with his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, but his trip was canceled after Giuliani was exposed to a person who had a positive coronavirus.

Giuliani attended a meeting of the Pennsylvania Senate’s Majority Political Committee, during which Trump appeared through a speakerphone and made further unfounded demands for voter fraud.

Ridge, who served as governor of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2001, referred in a tweet to the importance of a meeting at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel, about a mile from the Pickett Charge site, where EU troops repulsed the Confederate attack. July 1863.

“History captures the shameful irony that the president, who lied to avoid military service, organized a fake event in the dedicated areas of Gettysburg, with a brazen attempt to undermine the Republic, since its inception, many true patriots have fought and died.”

By Thursday morning, Ridge’s message had been liked more than 90,000 times and retweeted more than 16,000 times, sparking a thread in which many had expressed their support.

This is not the first time Ridge has criticized Trump’s team election debate. Earlier this month, he described attempts to set off non-Americans, accusing the president of trying to “dismiss not only millions of Pennsylvania but voters in Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada and elsewhere.”

Trump’s repeated legal attempts to overthrow the election were rejected by state and federal judges. The Trump team’s request that Pennsylvania lawmakers change the way they elect presidential voters or consider calling special elections is likely to fail, Penn Live reported.

Jason Gottesman, a Republican majority spokesman for the House of Representatives, told news television that House GOP leaders do not intend to recall members of the House before the end of the 2019-2020 legislature on 30 November.

“We have been clear from the beginning: the General Assembly has no role in selecting the electors,” he said.

Newsweek contacted Trump’s campaign for comment.

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