Harrisburg, Pa – Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is facing harsh backlash in the state and throughout parts of the nation after attempting to block an election audit by pressuring county officials to not cooperate with auditors, and he publicly defamed State Senator Doug Mastriano several times on national television, calling him an “inserectionist senator,” who is part of a group of “dangerous Harrisburg Republicans that are a threat to our democracy and have no regard for the law.”
Following the announcement of Pennsylvania Senator Doug Mastriano concerning an election audit in Pennsylvania, Shapiro has appeared on nearly a dozen cable news segments with anchors including Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow, Al Sharpton, Joy Reid, Nicolle Wallace, and Jim Scuitto on CNN and MSNBC.
Shapiro insinuated threats of retaliation against supporters of the audit when speaking to Rachel Maddow live on MSNBC, saying they would have to first get through him. Republicans in Pennsylvania have come out in full force to challenge Shapiro’s hostile rhetoric.
Mastriano responded on social media, stating, “AG Josh Shapiro is again on the wrong side of history. He’s defended Wolf’s Covid policy, which led to the deaths of nearly 16,000 of our loved ones. He’s busy being a mini-Wolf, suing nuns, keeping at risk children out of safe homes and perpetuating disinformation and division. His on-air meltdown over a forensic investigation of the election is an embarrassment for him and for Pennsylvania. We deserve better.”
“So the guy who wants to be governor of all Pennsylvanians thinks about half of us are racists based on party label,” wrote Pa Chamber of Entrepreneurs President Matt Brouillette who spoke out about Shapiro. “I wonder what he thinks of the nearly half of Democrats who support voter ID as well. Are they racists too?”
Congressional candidates Sean Parnell and Teddy Daniels were also critical of Shapiro, as well as Lou Barletta.
During an MSNBC interview, Al Sharpton hard line questioned Shapiro, asking if he is aware of, or participating in any concerted effort by state Attorney Generals to suppress election audits.
Days before the election on October 31, 2020, Shapiro tweeted, “If all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose. That’s why he’s working overtime to subtract as many votes as possible from this process.”