From NBC News:
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., has released a detailed examination of the social media accounts of Republican House members who voted to overturn the 2020 election results to analyze what role they might have played in inciting the deadly violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
"Like former President [Donald] Trump, any elected member of Congress who aided and abetted the insurrection or incited the attack seriously threatened our democratic government," Lofgren wrote in the prologue to her 1,939 page “social media review.”
"They would have betrayed their oath of office and would be implicated in the same constitutional provision cited in the article of impeachment" against Trump following the Capitol riot, she continued.
You can find the report here.
Guess what? In the
Pennsylvania section of the report
we can find our very own Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA). And in that section, we can see how Guy pushed the lie.
On November 4 at 8:28 pm, he posted this on Facebook:
Don’t let the media or the Biden campaign fool you. President Trump has a solid lead in Pennsylvania. He will win the state and the election.
The link is to a video of Guy speaking on Newsmax (of course) and the report
quotes him as saying:
The mainstream media was so fast to declare this race for Joe Biden. Given the unrest we’ve had all summer, this is setting up civil unrest, violent protest, and looting. And the people that are to be blamed are the media who set up a false narrative that Joe Biden won this election.
This was before the the media had actually declared a winner. That
would happen, depending on the news source, a few days later.
At that point, Guy was already planting the "false narrative that Joe Biden won this election."
On November 10, Guy tweeted this. It's yet another interview Guy did on Newsmax (of course):
Voter fraud occurred in the 2020 election and it's our duty to bring it to light.
If we don't take this to the courts and hold the guilty parties responsible, we are going to severely hurt the integrity of all future elections in this country.
It's interesting that he mentions "the courts" in that tweet because on November 11, Guy retweeted another Newsmax tweet (of course) where, after being asked about the Dominion Voting Machines switching ballots, he said:
Let's look at Pennsylvania right off the bat. We know that there is voter fraud that occurred. Now, how much is a question that'll be fought out in the courts. But statewide you had our Attorney General and our Governor basically guarantee a Biden victory, saying when all the votes are counted Biden will win.
We also know that in my district alone, ballots were sent into my district that were already pre-filled out straight Democrat voting line.
Can I point out that Guy himself effectively guaranteed an election victory for Trump on November 4?
In any case the story of the filled out ballots was from a few weeks before the election. KDKA reported at the end of October about what happened in Guy's district. They reported that both those ballots (as there were only two) were sent to registered Democrats.
This evidence, by the way, made it to court in a lawsuit filed in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. It did not end well for the Trump campaign, as Matthew Brann (a Federalist Society conservative, in case you were curious) wrote in his decision:
In other words, Plaintiffs ask this Court to disenfranchise almost seven million voters. This Court has been unable to find any case in which a plaintiff has sought such a drastic remedy in the contest of an election, in terms of the sheer volume of votes asked to be invalidated. One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption, such that this Court would have no option but to regrettably grant the proposed injunctive relief despite the impact it would have on such a large group of citizens.
That has not happened. Instead, this Court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by evidence.
The campaign appealed this decision and was rebuffed at the end of November:
A federal appeals court on Friday dealt the Trump campaign's effort to change the outcome of the presidential election another blow, writing in a scathing opinion that the campaign's lawsuit lacked proof and its allegations in Pennsylvania "have no merit."
The three-judge panel for the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals denied the campaign's effort to refile its lawsuit, saying its allegations had already been rejected by multiple state judges in Pennsylvania and the latest attempt to revive them could not be spun into a winning theory.
"Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here," wrote Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee, for the panel.
"The Campaign never alleges that any ballot was fraudulent or cast by an illegal voter," wrote Bibas. "It never alleges that any defendant treated the Trump campaign or its votes worse than it treated the Biden campaign or its votes. Calling something discrimination does not make it so. The Second Amended Complaint still suffers from these core defects, so granting leave to amend would have been futile." [Emphasis added.]
What was Guy saying about how the level of voter fraud will be argued out in the courts?
So, no voter fraud.
But back to Guy pushing the big lie. On November 17, he posted this on Facebook. This time it's an interview Guy had on Fox "News" and the report quotes him as saying:
We’ve gotta do something about this narrative that there was no fraud. We know that’s not true. There was fraud. We’ve got over 1,00 affidavits saying there was fraud. So it’s important to show the American that there is some fraud in our election system.
There's only one problem with what Guy said: there was no fraud. Calling something "fraud" does not make it so.
This is Guy pushing the big lie - the lie that fueled the attack on the Capitol.