The head of the Schuylkill County Democratic Committee is demanding several local Republican elected officials to recant statements they made recently questioning the results and validity of the 2020 election.
In letters to US Rep. Dan Meuser (PA-9), State Sen. Dave Argall (29th District), and State Rep. Jerry Knowles, Hugh Reiley says each of them will have “blood on their hands” if violence related to the 2020 election breaks out in Schuylkill County.
These letters come just a day after the local newspaper, the RepublicanHerald, published an article in which they cited Schuylkill County officials saying they’re ready to defend the Courthouse in Pottsville should there be a similar invasion to the one seen on Jan. 6 at the US Capitol building.
Schuylkill County Democrats Demand Meuser, Argall, Knowles Recant Positions on 2020 Election Fraud
There is absolutely no evidence that such an invasion or security breach has been discussed at any level locally, so the inspiration for such an article is unknown other than it being a slow news day locally.
Still, the Democrats feel it’s necessary to force the local Republicans to take back what they said prior to that security breach at the US Capitol, somehow blaming them for what happened earlier this week and what might happen locally.
“In light of the storming of the United States Capitol on January 6, and threats of more violence in the coming days, we are asking you to rescind your previous claims about fraud during the presidential election of November 3, 2020, which ignores over 60 court rulings that there was no fraud. Additionally, we are asking you to issue a public statement that confirms the lawfulness of the election results,” Reiley’s letter to Meuser and Argall reads.
Reiley doesn’t stop there, however. He reminds Argall that he voted for Act 77 in Pennsylvania, which allowed the no-excuses mail-in ballots that seemingly secured a win for Joe Biden in the state.
“This is a very dangerous situation that requires you to act without any further delay. If any violence occurs in Schuylkill County, you, as the relentless proponents of election fraud claims, will be fully responsible. If anyone in Schuylkill County gets hurt, you will have blood on your hands,” Reiley’s letter continues. “We urge you to immediately take back any election fraud claims. Correct your course now, for the sake of the safety of the residents of Schuylkill County and our communities living peacefully together.”
On the morning of Jan. 7, after a Joint Session of Congress reconvened to vote to certify electors that eventually gave Biden the Presidential election win, Meuser voted against certifying Pennsylvania’s election results.
Reiley’s letter also cites Argall’s participation in a hearing held after the November election, just prior to Thanksgiving, in which evidence was submitted to the State Senate Majority Policy Committee that purported to show election fraud in Pennsylvania.
Following that hearing, Argall told Coal Region Canary that he didn’t believe what was presented that day could overturn the election results in 2020 but felt it was necessary to protect future elections.
Democrats to Knowles: “You Will Have Blood On Your Hands.”
In a separate letter to Knowles, Reiley acknowledges that the representative voted against Act 77 in 2019. Still, he writes, “It is still crucial in this very dangerous situation that you communicate to your constituents that there was no election fraud.”
“If any violence occurs in Schuylkill County, all elected officials who relentlessly claimed election fraud will be fully responsible. If anyone in Schuylkill County gets hurt, they will have blood on their hands,” the letter to Knowles continues. “We are urging you to issue a public statement that confirms the lawfulness of the election results now, for the sake and safety of the residents of Schuylkill County and our communities living peacefully together.”
It should also be noted that at numerous events in 2020 where Democrats rallied in support of Biden, supporters of this cause continually perpetuated the baseless claims that President Donald Trump was aided in his 2016 election victory by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
We’ve reached out to each of the Republicans addressed in these letters for statements.
We’re still waiting to hear from Meuser and Argall.
Here are the copies of the letters sent to the Republican politicians on Saturday:
- Meuser Will Object to Certification of Pennsylvania Electors Wednesday
- Pennsylvania Judge Who Ordered Halt to Election Certification Believes Act 77 Lawsuit Has Merit
- Schuylkill County Delegation in Harrisburg Unsure on 2020 Election Dispute Resolution
- Pennsylvania General Assembly to Introduce Resolution Disputing 2020 Election, Vote Certification
- Argall Thrust Into National Spotlight During Pennsylvania Senate Hearing with Rudy, Trump
January 9, 2021 at 6:37 pm
My favorite line is, “if any violence occurs in Schuylkill County it is your fault”. So if a Domestic Disturbance happens in Tamaqua and someone gets hurt I guess as per Hughie The GOP’s fault?
What a joke. “Blood on their hands”! Dear God, give it a break.
Hughie your entire Democratic Party got throttled in the county in November 2020. Start by cleaning up your mess first.
January 9, 2021 at 7:17 pm
Truly, two of the stupidest letters ever written in the history of letter writing.
We’re going to have a lot of fun over the next 4 years using the phrases “baseless conspiracy theory” and “without evidence” to describe just about anything we see coming from Democrats. Give them a taste of their own medicine.
January 9, 2021 at 9:17 pm
I think I remember, Russia,Russia, Russia claims that were even found to be baseless by Mueller. How quickly they forget.
January 9, 2021 at 8:41 pm
You’re absurd. Obviously it’s referencing violence related to election. Guess you didn’t get that….
January 9, 2021 at 11:38 pm
Yes, we all know what they’re referencing. But suggesting that Argall/Meuser/Knowles have anything to do with it simply because they were exercising their Constitutional rights to question the integrity of the election is absolutely absurd.
If you suddenly think it’s illegal to question the integrity of elections, you’re kidding yourself.
You are aware that Democrats have done the exact same thing regarding election results EVERY time the Republicans won the White House?
January 9, 2021 at 7:35 pm
When the left tries to spin violence caused by their words, they say “We have no control over people’s actions.” But they say we have that very control, that our words MAKE people do things they wouldn’t normally do. HUH! That’s like “Don’t paint all Muslims with one brush due to what a few did,(9/11) but paint ALL gun owners or ALL cops due to the actions of a few.”
January 10, 2021 at 8:52 am
Hugh must of put that together with his other skook democrat brain trust at club 18. I didn’t think that guy could afford to burn many more brain cells. Maybe he should focus on how trying to rebuild a county that has been destroyed by his Parties policies over the last 30 years would be a good start. Maybe Hugh and the rest of skook dems leadership have something to hide?
Sicka demorat hypocrisy
January 10, 2021 at 11:20 am
Where was Hughie and his Demmy stooges when the BLM and Antifa thugs were destroying America, attacking Police and citizens, tearing down statues and trying to breech the White house, and Oh, burning down a historic church in DC. Not a peep from the so called peaceful Dems or their left wing cronie media. Hey Hughie, your party has blood on its hands for all of that yet you people did nothing. One of the dumbest statements I ever heard but then again, what more would you expect from the party of Hating America.
January 10, 2021 at 11:45 am
These Leftist scum stop at NOTHING to sow division.
…it started (most recently) when Hillary, Pelosi and Maxie Waters shouted from the rooftops, to resist, confront and protest EVERYTHING and EVERYBODY associated with Conservative thought and President Trump.
…these people weaponize and demonize ANYTHING or ANYONE that thinks differently.
This event was a culmination of 4 years of poking and poking and poking, shooting, burning, looting, trampling, berating, degrading, beating, etc….the Democrats and Leftists said nothing…they encouraged it…said it was our right, to protest and oppose.
They are rotten and evil. Do not succumb to the celenterite Left.
January 10, 2021 at 12:06 pm
…they supported mobs, radical dissent, protest, looting, burning, the blackballing of Conservatives and Conservative thought.
…they used domestic terrorist wings like Black Lives Matter and Antifa to destroy and divide.
…they let criminals out of jail and eliminated bail, after they committed crimes against you and your friends.
…they told you to wear a mask, stay away from people, stay home, don’t go anywhere.
…they told you that Policemen and Policewomen are gangsters and thugs.
…they told you there was NO election fraud, but refused, on every level to deflect and deny.
…the media confirms and is complicit, with all the above.
…now, you can’t defend yourself or say anything…
…they told you.
January 10, 2021 at 12:33 pm
Good letter. The 3 Stooges are complicit & can get away with it in their “Jerry”-mandered districts. The Skook has had it’s share of nonsense from the low self-esteem Maga-heads. Thank God it hasn’t been too serious thus far: yard sign stealing & reckless driving in towns from ad hoc truck rallies b4 the election. Fortunately, no one got hurt. Ask ur local law enforcement, who we all agree deserve our support & prayers.
January 10, 2021 at 8:28 pm
You are a true democrat, sinking to child name calling of your neighbors. Pathetic.
January 12, 2021 at 12:36 pm
You think we are rallying now, you ain’t seen nothin yet, create a crowd, push back on them, tell them they’re not welcome anymore..Maxine Walters; People will do what they do as statues toppled….Pelosi; Raise hell in the face of intolerance, people are sick and tired of being sick and tired…Omar. I want you to argue and get in their faces…OBAMA.
Are these examples of peaceful ways? The CHOP/CHAZ autonomous zone…in America. WTH? Protests where you burn down a person’s business and destroy your own community, Mail-in voting, not secured; changes to how we vote without due process, dead people voting, etc. The Media, who is owned by the BIG 6, with their propaganda and biased opinions. Violence is violence words/actions. You can’t control a person’s choice….you and you alone are responsible for your own actions regardless of what anyone says.
January 12, 2021 at 5:36 pm
Heard all the pizzerias in the Skook are now on alert.
January 13, 2021 at 10:23 pm
I was born and raised in the skook. Who is Hugh Reiley? And why is he speaking for us? Don’t we have our own voices anymore? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe I just read a letter from Hugh trying to MANIPULATE Senators and Congressmen? Again, correct me if I’m wrong, don’t these letters put out a message that we can just threaten Senators and Congressmen that blood will be on their hands if they don’t do what WE WANT them to do? Maybe, I am misunderstanding something here, I’m praying that I am, but from my POV that’s how I am taking it. Trying to think positive about this but haven’t we learned yet that Bullying is wrong? Is this what we want to teach our children of today? That threats will get us what we want and that’s the right way?! I’m going to say a prayer for peace when I’m done typing this, I ask if you will do the same.
January 14, 2021 at 12:11 pm
Basically what’s happening here is Democrats want to make it illegal for anyone to even suggest that there was something untoward about the 2020 election. It’s showing extreme paranoia, really.