Republican Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt responded Wednesday to attacks on him by President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE over the tabulation of votes in the city, warning that “bad actors” were “lying” about the vote-counting process.
“I think people should be mindful that there are bad actors who are lying to them,” Schmidt said on CNN’s “New Day.” “And they need to turn to people that they trust and to sources of information that they trust and not rumors and not nonsense included in the lawsuits or anything else like that, to make sure that they have confidence in this system, and that their vote, regardless of who they voted for, is going to be counted.”
"I realize a lot of people are happy about this election, and a lot of people are not happy... one thing I can't comprehend is how hungry people are to consume lies and to consume information that is not true."— New Day (@NewDay) November 11, 2020
- Phila. City @Commish_Schmidt on claims of widespread voter fraud pic.twitter.com/XoweYxMUQO
Trump blasted Schmidt in a tweet Wednesday morning, saying Schmidt was “being used big time by the Fake News Media to explain how honest things were with respect to the Election in Philadelphia.”
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
Since media outlets projected President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSouth Africa health minister calls travel bans over new COVID variant 'unjustified' Biden attends tree lighting ceremony after day out in Nantucket Senior US diplomat visiting Southeast Asia to 'reaffirm' relations MORE would win Pennsylvania and therefore the White House, the president and allies have repeatedly alleged voter fraud despite a lack of evidence in the state, particularly Philadelphia.
Schmidt told “60 Minutes” that his office has received veiled death threats, saying in an interview that aired Sunday that there were “calls to our offices reminding us that ‘This is what the Second Amendment is for, people like us.’ ”
Lawyers for the Trump campaign are currently seeking to block the state from certifying its election results due to the use of mail-in ballots, which they claim created a "two-tiered" voting system. Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) called the lawsuit "the latest meritless lawsuit to challenge Pennsylvania’s election, which was overseen by bipartisan election officials and was lawful, fair and secure."