During an interview with Doug Mastriano, radio host and campaign speaker Wendy Bell told the Pennsylvania gubernatorial nominee that Democrats are already “cheating” because they “lead in the early voting.” Mastriano responded by claiming that early voting is “just asking for trouble” and “there are a lot of questions” with Pennsylvania elections.
Bell is a right-wing commentator who also has a weekend program for Newsmax. In 2016, she was fired from a radio station after she wrote a racist Facebook post following a shooting, stating: “You needn’t be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts two weeks ago Wednesday … They are young black men, likely teens or in their early 20s. They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs.” In 2020, she was taken off the air after she called on park rangers to “shoot on sight” protesters at Mount Rushmore.
Like Mastriano, Bell is an election denier who attempted to rally her followers to “contest Pennsylvania's fraudulent election results.” She is a supporter of Mastriano’s campaign: In addition to promoting him on her program, she has filmed an endorsement video and has campaigned on the trail for him.
Mastriano is a right-wing commentator and state senator who has frequently promoted toxic remarks and conspiracy theories, including about QAnon, Muslims, and abortion. He has surrounded himself with numerous far-right media personalities, including “Pizzagate” conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec; antisemitic Gab CEO Andrew Torba; “prophet” Julie Green; and Jenna Ellis, who recently questioned Mastriano opponent Josh Shapiro’s Jewish faith.
Bell hosted Mastriano during her program yesterday, where she baselessly claimed that the “left” is already “cheating” because “Democrats lead in the early voting.” Pennsylvania allows for early voting.
Mastriano responded by criticizing early voting and stating, in part: “You're just asking for trouble,” and said, “We need to look at the entire kit and caboodle, how elections are done in Pennsylvania, because there are a lot of questions.”
Mastriano’s appearance on Bell’s program is another example of how he has avoided credible media outlets, instead turning to friendly venues.