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York County spokesperson: Trump's 'gaslighting' eroding trust in election, local officials

Lindsey O'Laughlin
York Dispatch

York County spokesperson Mark Walters said in a tweet Wednesday that the lawsuits and questions about the legitimacy of the presidential election are undermining public trust in the U.S. election process and in the state and local officials who oversee elections.

"None of this would be happening or even said if the other candidate had won," he tweeted, referring to President Donald Trump.

The president has claimed that widespread fraud in several key swing states cost him the election to former Vice President Joe Biden. So far in Pennsylvania, there is no hard evidence to support this, aside from the claim that observers were prevented from watching ballot canvassing and therefore prevented from challenging any alleged wrongdoing.

Republican state legislators in Pennsylvania have called for an audit of the election before the state certifies the results.

Trump easily won York County, receiving more than 143,000 votes, according to unofficial results. Biden received more than 85,000 votes in the county. 

York County spokesman Mark Walters talks to reporters outside the Office of Emergency Management on Thursday, Sept. 20. Walters accompanied representatives from the federal Small Business Administration and the Pennsylvania Emergency Response Agency to assess storm damage in Hellam and Chanceford townships.

"Screaming 'foul' with no evidence is an assault on the trustworthiness and integrity of the 67 county Boards of Election across Pennsylvania. These are often county commissioners. These people take an oath," Walters tweeted.

Walters accused the Trump campaign of "norm shattering'" and "gaslighting."

Walters said Thursday he was speaking as a private citizen and that his comments don't necessarily reflect the views of York County government officials.

He added that a lot of the concerns of the public are rooted in the fact that people don't understand the election process.

The Trump campaign filed a federal lawsuit Monday against state Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and the election boards for Allegheny, Centre, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Northampton and Philadelphia counties for alleged violations of the Pennsylvania Election Code.

Democratic state officials, including Gov. Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro, have said the president's allegations are baseless and that county and state officials ran the election with integrity and transparency.

"Pennsylvania is going to fight every single attempt to disenfranchise voters," Wolf has stated. "We will protect this election and the democratic process."

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