John Fetterman, a lieutenant in the Pennsylvania government, mocked the infamous $1 million reward proposed Tuesday by Dan Patrick, a lieutenant in the Texas government, by reporting an apparent attempt by a Republican in Keystone State to swindle his vote.
“Hey, Governor Patrick – here’s your counterpart in Pennsylvania. I want to accept your handsome reward for reporting election fraud. I got a guy in Forty Fort, PA who tried to get his dead mother to vote for Trump,” Fetterman tweeted. “I’d like mine in Sheetz gift cards.”
The tweet came just a few hours after Patrick announced in a press release that he would pay up to $1 million from his campaign to get people to come forward and report voter fraud across the country, despite the fact that there is no evidence that widespread voter fraud took place in the 2020 presidential election. Patrick said he supported “President Donald Trump’s efforts to expose voter fraud” but offered no legitimate evidence to support his claims.
Hey, Governor Patrick – this is your counterpart in Pennsylvania.
I’d like to accept your handsome reward for reporting voter fraud.
I got a guy in Forty Fort, PA who tried to get his dead mother to vote for Trump.
I’d like mine in Sheetz as a gift certificate.
ps. The Cowboys are blowing. https://t.co/Y21Q3ZkSEH
– John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) November 10, 2020
“Whistleblowers and whistleblowers should turn their evidence over to local law enforcement agencies. Anyone who provides information leading to an arrest and final conviction for election fraud will receive at least $25,000,” Patrick said in the press release.
During an appearance on CNN on Wednesday, Fetterman doubled his bet and continued discussing the alleged attempt at election fraud.
“The fraud we know to have occurred in Pennsylvania this cycle is a registered Republican in the Lucerne district who tried to vote for Trump with his dead mother’s ballot,” he said. “Besides, no, we have not witnessed electoral fraud here in Pennsylvania.
The presidential race was called for Joe Biden on Saturday after the president-elect received the 20 votes of the Pennsylvania Electoral College. While the grueling process of counting provisional and postal ballots in several counties across the state is still underway, Biden leads Trump with just over 50,000 votes.
“Math does not care about his feelings, she does not care about the feelings of others. Math in Pennsylvania is damning to the president,” Fetterman said.
Trump, who refused to back down or initiate the transition process, and his campaign launched a federal court action on Monday to block Pennsylvania’s election results, arguing that Democratic voters were treated more favorably than Republican voters, and accusing unfounded fraud allegations. However, the Trump campaign provided no evidence to support these claims.
Only a few lawsuits filed in Pennsylvania have produced results for Trump, and it is unlikely that these lawsuits would change the outcome of the election in that state. The U.S. Supreme Court last week formally asked the districts in Pennsylvania to segregate the ballots in the event of a decision declaring their three-day extension for accepting ballots stamped on election day unconstitutional. Although this was considered a “victory” for Trump by the GOP, the counties were already in the process of sorting out and counting these ballots separately.
On CNN, Fetterman added that he would not be surprised if the Trump campaign forwarded the 10,000 ballots received by mail after Election Day to the Supreme Court, as Biden’s lead would exceed that number.
“The bottom line is that there is no truth to any of this, and at some point we all have to accept that shouting ‘voter fraud’ when there is no evidence at all is shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded theater,” he said. “It harms the democratic self-image of our country and the peaceful transfer of power, and we cannot accept that”.
Patrick’s $1 million reward was met with fierce criticism in the social media, while Jim Clancy, former chairman of the Texas Ethics Committee, told CBS News that the large sum of money could be “a donation in kind to the Donald Trump campaign.
In a radio interview