PENNSYLVANIA — Jake Corman’s efforts to defend the Big Lie in court have caught the attention of Donald Trump, who in a recent interview with the AP, called Corman out by name for championing a sham “audit,” praising him for being “totally engaged” in the effort. As he praised Corman in that interview, Trump claimed, “they used COVID in order to cheat, as a way of cheating” and suggested Corman is pursuing the audit because he agrees. 

Corman checked with Trump before moving forward with the audit earlier in the fall, but does he agree with Trump that “they used COVID in order to cheat, as a way of cheating?”

“Jake Corman’s clearly undergone a ‘MAGA Makeover,’ becoming the face of Harrisburg Republicans’ fraudit and putting 9 million Pennsylvanians’ personal, private information at risk, but does he agree with Trump’s newest conspiracy theory: that ‘they used COVID’ to cheat in the 2020 presidential election?” said Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesperson Marisa Nahem. “While Corman’s sham audit is worrying Republican pundits, outraging Pennsylvanians, and concerning cyber security experts, it’s also earning him praise from Trump — and clearly that’s all Corman cares about as he competes in the ‘Super MAGA’ primary.”

Check out Trump’s newest conspiracies about the Commonwealth and his praise for Jake Corman in this Associated Press article:

Associated Press: Election reviews persist despite no evidence of rigged vote

By Christina A. Cassidy and Marc Levy, 12/16/2021


In Pennsylvania, Republicans led by Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman insist the undertaking has nothing to do with Trump or trying to overturn last year’s election. Rather, they say the point is to fix problems with the state’s elections.

However, the 2020 election has been the focus of Republican-controlled committees in the Senate and House. There have been numerous hearings, hours of testimony, and proposed legislation.

In an interview Tuesday, Trump praised the work of Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and argued that many of the problems that arose in the election were due to pandemic-related changes made outside of the legislative process.

“They used COVID in order to cheat, as a way of cheating,” Trump said. “In Pennsylvania, Sen. Corman and a whole group of people are totally engaged because they’ve now found that things were much different than they were told.”

The AP’s review of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties identified a total of 26 potential voter fraud cases so far, which represents just 0.03% of Biden’s margin of victory in the state. Six people have been charged.

To conduct their review, Pennsylvania Republicans have hired a small firm with little track record and no experience in elections. There was no bidding for the contract, and no public request for proposals. A similar situation unfolded in Arizona, where Senate Republicans seeking a review of the 2020 election hired an outside firm that was criticized for its lack of knowledge of election systems and processes.