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.
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