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October 23, 2021

Steve Bannon: The Movement To Invalidate Biden's Win Started At Mastriano's Conference

As we all know by now:

The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to hold Steve Bannon, one of former President Donald Trump's closest allies, in criminal contempt of Congress after he defied a subpoena from the committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

That was this past Thursday.

Thursday night, the contemptible Bannon was guest of PA the Adams County Republican Committee at their annual Eisenhower Banquet.

PA State Senator Doug Mastriano was speaking there, as well.

Lots happened that Thursday. The York Daily Record reported:

Former Trump political strategist and conservative host of "War Room" podcast Steve Bannon came to Gettysburg Thursday night to speak at the Adams County GOP Eisenhower Dinner.  

This was his first public appearance after the U.S. House voted to hold Bannon in criminal contempt of court when he declined to comply with a subpoena to testify about the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Anyway, here's more from Panyard:

Before the event, Bannon spoke with Adams County GOP Chair Charlotte Shaffer for his "War Room" news show.

The pair spoke about the 3 November movement, a Trump-centered Republican movement seeking to prove election fraud.

“One of the reasons I accepted the gracious invitation of Charlotte Shaffer, the chairman, was that this was the railhead of where 3 November started, the counter reaction, the great conference,” Bannon said on War Room.

Bannon was referring to an event in Gettysburg at which former Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani publicly protested the election results. Mastriano organized that event as a member of the Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee.

Jack Panyard, the reporter of the above, kinda sorta left out some very important info, you know. Hey Jack, let me correct it for you (my corrections will be in bold italics in case you were to miss them): 

The pair spoke about the 3 November movement, a Trump-centered Republican movement seeking to prove non-existent election fraud.
That's all you had to do, Jack, and your sentence would've been 100% correct.

For the record, that "event in Gettysburg" has been fact-checked for it's many many misstatements:

  • AP:
    CLAIM: Pennsylvania election officials mailed out 1.8 million ballots but counted votes from more than 2.5 mailed ballots.

    AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The statistic combines data from Pennsylvania’s June primary election, in which 1.8 million voters requested vote-by-mail ballots, and data from the general election, in which voters mailed back more than 2.6 million ballots that were counted.

    THE FACTS: In the weeks before the November 2020 election, more than 3 million Pennsylvania voters requested vote-by-mail ballots.

    Data from Pennsylvania’s Department of State analyzed by the U.S. Election Project, an election data site maintained by University of Florida political scientist Michael McDonald, show 3,087,524 mail ballots requested and 2,629,672 mail ballots returned and counted.

    But those figures were distorted at a legislative hearing in Gettysburg last week as President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani tried to argue there was fraud in Pennsylvania’s election.
  • CBS in Philadelphia:

    “In the case of Philadelphia and in the case of Allegheny County and one or two other counties, the mail-in ballots that were received were not inspected at all by any Republican. They were hidden from Republicans,” Giuliani said.

    Committee members heard testimony from Republican poll watchers in Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs who claim they were denied access to the mail-in ballot-counting process.

    “For 10 days for more than 80 hours, what I saw was not a secure and transparent election,” Justin Kweder said.

    These allegations have been disputed by election officials.

    In fact, Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt reiterated on Wednesday that the city’s ballot-counting process was observed by poll watchers from all parties and live-streamed to the public.

That (and much more) is what happened at Gettysburg.

Anyway, on his podcast did Steve Bannon, not just expand on just how deep Mastriano's ties are to the "movement" that culminated in the January 6 insurrection?

By pointing out that "the movement" started with that November 25, 2020 Gettysburg conference, it sure sounds like it to me.

According to Bannon, the movement started at Mastriano's conference in Gettysburg. And that's the movement that stormed the Capitol on January 6. Mastriano in DC that day watching the crowd overrun the building's defenses and he has since lied about how close to the Capitol he really was.

How deeply is PA State Senator Doug Mastriano involved in Trump's insurrection?