President Donald Trump is attacking Philadelphia, once again, but the target this time is a Republican.
On Wednesday morning, Trump accused Philadelphia GOP Commissioner Al Schmidt of ignoring corruption in the city’s election, without proof, in a tweet.
“A guy named Al Schmidt, a Philadelphia Commissioner and so-called Republican (RINO), is being used big time by the Fake News Media to explain how honest things were with respect to the Election in Philadelphia. He refuses to look at a mountain of corruption & dishonesty. We win!,” Trump tweeted at 9:03 A.M.
Twitter included a tag at the bottom of Trump’s tweet noting that “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”
A guy named Al Schmidt, a Philadelphia Commissioner and so-called Republican (RINO), is being used big time by the Fake News Media to explain how honest things were with respect to the Election in Philadelphia. He refuses to look at a mountain of corruption & dishonesty. We win!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2020
Schmidt responded to Trump’s tweet in a comment to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“We still have lots of work to do, and we can’t let anything distract us from getting it done,” Schmidt said to the Inquirer.
Schmidt appeared on 60 Minutes this past weekend explaining how there hasn’t been widespread voter fraud and that his office has even received death threats. On Wednesday morning, shortly before Trump’s tweet, Schmidt appeared in an interview on CNN’s New Day to dispute the false attacks about widespread voter fraud in Philadelphia.
PoliticsPA reached out to Republicans who have long worked with Schmidt for a response. Sen. Pat Toomey’s office was direct.
“Senator Toomey has no doubts about Al Schmidt’s integrity,” his office wrote in a statement to PoliticsPA.
Pa. Republican Party Chairman Lawrence Tabas, a Philadelphia attorney, did not respond to a request to comment on Trump’s accusations of Schmidt.
The Philadelphia Republican Party and Chairwoman (and State Rep.) Martina White also did not return a request for comment.
The city party seems to have taken a side in the dispute, if its Twitter account is an accurate indicator. The Philly GOP “liked” Trump’s tweet about Schmidt this morning. The Philly GOP’s Twitter account bio also includes a link to an account called, “Rally The States.” “RallyTheStates.com” website invokes Article II Section I of the U.S. Constitution, that seemingly endorses the idea that state legislatures can override voters to choose state electors.
“They have the authority, and some would say the obligation, to disregard tainted, unreliable election returns and use their independent judgement to put in place a process to ensure that the electors are chosen by the will of the people expressed only through LEGAL votes,” written on RallyTheStates.com.