QAnon Riot Attendee Launches Bid For PA Governor

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports:

Doug Mastriano, the state senator from Franklin County who parlayed anger over coronavirus pandemic rules and no-holds-barred support for former President Donald Trump into an extended political moment, opened his candidacy for Pennsylvania governor on Saturday.

Mr. Mastriano, who has developed a sizeable following over the last two years, joins a still-evolving Republican field. That field has grown so large that, depending on just how big Mastriano’s base turns out to be, he has to be considered a real factor in the May Republican primary.

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Doug Mastriano isn’t Jewish. But that didn’t stop him from announcing his candidacy for Pennsylvania governor at an event where a man donned a tallit, or a Jewish prayer shawl, and blew a shofar.

The use of shofars by Christians at right-wing political events has become increasingly common in recent years and this was not the first time Mastriano has attended a right-wing event where a shofar was blown. In December 2020, he attended a series of “Jericho Marches” in Washington, D.C. where Trump’s supporters prayed for him to remain president.

And Mastriano was in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021 when Trump’s supporters rallied and later stormed the Capitol, with some of them sounding shofars. According to the New Yorker, Mastriano used campaign funds to charter buses to bring Trump supporters to the Jan. 6, 2021 rally.

Mastriano, who reportedly contracted COVID at the infamous White House superspreader event, has been leading the campaign to audit his state’s 2020 election results.