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EDITORIAL: Thumbs down to Rudy

The Dispatch Editorial Board
Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks to reporters after speaking at the Iran Freedom Convention for Human Rights and democracy at the Grand Hyatt, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Thumbs down to Rudy Giuliani, who seemed intent Tuesday on burning down any credibility he had left when he walked into a federal courtroom in Lycoming County.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney claimed, with a straight face, that a nationwide conspiracy was afoot and argued for the disenfranchisement of millions of Pennsylvanians. 

And he did so without a shred of evidence. Not one.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann was rightly incredulous at the former New York City mayor's sophistry.

“Can you tell me how this result could possibly be justified?” Brann said after pointing out Guiliani's argument could disenfranchise about 6.8 million voters in Pennsylvania.

The Trump campaign's slew of lawsuits throughout the country's swing states have failed, mind you. There is no evidence of fraud nor wrongdoing. 

It's all about making a fragile man feel better, no matter the cost. 

Giuliani's appearance in Pennsylvania is just another scene in this increasingly shameful attempt by Trump's sycophants to boost his ego bruised by a loss to Democrat Joe Biden. And it's a tragedy with settings in Michigan and Georgia, too — all produced by a species of Republican official with allegiance to Trump and Trump alone.

But long-term, this doomed attempt to improve the president's mood carries real-world risks. There can be no doubt that Trump's anti-democratic crusade against voting has damaged Americans' trust in its electoral process. And the willingness of those around Trump to argue that Americans' right to vote should be a matter of debate seems almost destined to live on long after Trump has holed up in Mar-a-Lago.

But the likes of Giuliani see only dollar signs and access to an outgoing president. They see only power, which they've proven themselves unworthy of holding.

Thumbs up, again, to York County for its handling of this month's presidential election.

A deadly global pandemic, throngs of early voters, a president angling to swipe the race regardless the outcome: The 2020 election was unlike any other.

And yet, York County Board of Elections on Wednesday certified its results, handing a win locally to President Donald Trump over former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden, however, won Pennsylvania by about 80,000 votes, according to the state Secretary of State's office.

It was the first cycle with widespread early voting in Pennsylvania.

York County took some heat in the 2019 municipal elections after results were days late. This time, too, took days for unofficial results to come in, but in 2020, the delay was wholly expected and wholly appropriate. 

York County officials — elected and appointed — buckled down and got it right. 

Central York's Beau Pribula, right, passes the ball while Delaware Valley's Cooper Kidd defends during PIAA Class 6-A quarterfinal action at Delaware Valley High School in Milford, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. Central York would win the game 49-27. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Thumbs up and good luck to Central York's football team in its quest to win its first PIAA 6-A championship.

This past week, the Panthers knocked off Delaware Valley in the state quarterfinal, and are headed to a semifinal matchup Saturday in Altoona against McDowell High.

It's a big deal for a program that's never gone so far before. And the Panthers' run is already a noteworthy achievement, as Saturday's state quarterfinal victory was the first won by any York County squad.

Regardless of local rivalries, everyone should be rooting for Central come Saturday.