GETTYSBURG, Penn. (WHP) — It wasn’t the first time but it could be the last that Gettysburg took center stage this election cycle.
On Wednesday, the state’s Republican Senate Policy Committee held a hearing on election issues.
“Everything is at stake with what happened during this election cycle,” said Senator Doug Mastriano before the hearing started. “Everything the republic is at stake. This is no game for us.”
Struggling to find an audience with the court, Rudy Giuliani brought his legal team and several Pennsylvania residents to a small Gettysburg hotel ballroom.
“This is a question of not voters acting improperly,” said Rudy Giuliani during the proceeding. “This is a question of the inferior offices of the state acted improperly.”
Over several hours, like he would during a legal proceeding, Giuliani called on Pennsylvanians, many who suggested that canvassing operations did not follow the letter of the law, some who called voting machines and data reporting into question. He also called on the President of the United States, joining via telephone after a key staffer was diagnosed with COVID-19.
“This is going to be your crowning achievement because you’re saving our country,” said President Trump. “Thank you all very much.”
There was no resolution, Giuliani still has legal battles across the country. But there was a lot of feedback outside and across the commonwealth. Trump supporters dotting the property voicing their frustration with the result.
“I want my vote to count,” said Sylvia Shoemaker. “We need to count all legitimate votes, not more, not less. All legitimate votes.”
“You don’t just go to bed one night and you’re ahead and in the morning you’re losing,” said Noel Graem.
Democrats who stayed far away say the hearing was a side show and an unnecessary cost to the commonwealth.
“Everyone knows from the president on down that we had a free fair and true election,” said Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman. “The results are in the bank, they can meet wherever they want.”
“This goes forward and sets a bad precedent for us as we go forward of what can and can’t happen with the policy committee meetings and it’s unfortunate that’s the case,” said Senator Jay Costa (D) District 43.
Many photos and videos were posted on social media and people across the nation pointed out that the vast majority of people in the ballroom were unmasked and close together. The Department of Health has said they talked to the hotel prior to hosting the event. They also say it’s disgraceful and disappointing that elected officials disregarded the order.