Stephen K. Bannon welcomed Pennsylvania’s President Pro Tempore and Gubernatorial candidate, Jake Corman on Monday’s War Room: Pandemic to discuss his latest school mask mandate victory, restoring election integrity, and his commitment to do so.
Bannon: Pennsylvania Senate. A key figure back in the three November movement. Remember he was one of the leaders that sent a letter to the Senate that day to say hey, we’ve had some discrepancies. We need some time to think through how these electors were certified.
It’s Senator Jake Corman. Senator, you had a massive victory last week. We tried to get you on but I know you were traveling. School mask mandates struck down by Pennsylvania supreme court.
Walk us through how you blew up the Wolf administration in Pennsylvania about this. This is a huge victory for parents and a bigger victory for our school children, Senator Corman.
Corman: Yeah, thanks, Steve. Great to be with you as always. A great victory for the people of Pennsylvania. The people of Pennsylvania made a historic vote back in May to limit the governor’s powers during these emergency times because he unilaterally governed here for over a year. The people of Pennsylvania rejected that.
He tried to circumvent the people again with the attorneys general Josh Shapiro and use the secretary of health to implement some of his mitigation efforts instead of allowing the school districts to do it. This was never about masks.
This was always about the rule of law and separation of powers. And the secretary of health doesn’t have the authority to just out of thin air to develop regulations that the people of Pennsylvania had to adhere to. The decision is best left at the school district level and no one has more at stake affecting their kids than the schools.
Bannon: Senator Corman, here is what I understand. If memory serves me correctly, you are running for governor against Shapiro. Shapiro is the attorneys general. Doesn’t he know about the rule of law?
Corman: Well look, he argued a case against us in the supreme court. The supreme court is five two democrats but yet they sided with us because it’s the rule of law. The secretary of health doesn’t have this type of power. We said that all along.
The school district should be empowered to make these decisions. They are made up of parents and community members that have more at stake in the community’s safety of our children anyway.
Not some bureaucrats in Harrisburg. But he argued against us in court for whatever reason. I’m not sure why he chose that path but he did to back up the governor. And fortunately, even though it’s a slanted democratic supreme court, they sided with us.
Bannon: It’s an incredible victory. Let me ask you. So many people we know and such a big War Room audience in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, obviously very focused on the governor’s race.
How can you ensure the War Room posse that this thing isn’t going to get stolen like three of November of 2020? I know you’ve got these lawsuits and subpoenas and you are fighting Shapiro every day. But look, it’s you versus Shapiro in this governor’s race. He’s clearly going to try to do everything to have the same madness that we had in November of 2020.
How can you commit to these folks out there that want to ring doorbells, knock on doors and be precinct workers, how can you commit to people that we are going to get this thing sorted before we go to the ballot box in November of 2022?
Corman: Our inner government affairs committee is holding hearings right now. As you’ve mentioned we laid out subpoenas which the democrats including the attorney general are fighting against.
But while we are waiting for that court decision to come down to say whether we have the authority to do this investigation, we are still moving forward.
We hired a contractor to assist us with that so that we can get to the bottom of it. Look, Pennsylvania had a governor that voted illegally earlier this year. He voted illegally.
He gave his ballot to his wife to put in a ballot box, which she’s not allowed to do that. We have videotape on election day of November third of someone stuffing a ballot box. One of those mobile boxes that they had.
We saw this issue down in Delaware County. So clearly we have problems. To argue we don’t have problems is not looking at what’s going on. We want to make sure the next election whether you are Republican, Democrat, Independent, or the like that you have faith and integrity in the results of an election because you can’t have a democracy if you don’t have faith in the results.
There is always a line. We want everyone to be able to vote who can. And but we also want to make sure the vote is fair and that people believe in the outcome. Go back to 2016.
The democrats spun this Russian collusion problem that they thought was true but was debunked later on. Clearly, people have concerns. And the Democrats only seem to have concerns when they have concerns but not when Republicans have concerns.
Bannon: Are you committed to getting to the bottom of three of November?
Corman: You have to. You have to. You can’t have a healthy democracy if people don’t believe in the results. And whether they are accurate or not, hundreds of thousands of if not millions of Pennsylvanians don’t have faith in our elections right now or at least have questions.
So our job as policymakers is to ensure and put measures in that you will have faith in the results. Because Republicans will win sometimes and Democrats will win sometimes. That’s less important than having faith in the results.
That’s what a good democracy has. I’m committed. I know our caucus is committed to making sure that we restore integrity to the process if people believe in the results at the end of the day.
Bannon: Senator Corman, how can the people follow you and follow your campaign?
Bannon: Big victory on the masks. Keep fighting. Senator Jake Corman, thank you very much for joining us.
Corman: Thank you. Will do. Thanks for the time.
Watch the full interview here:
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Photo “Jake Corman” by Pennsylvania Senate Republican Caucus CC BY 3.0.