Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano prayed for Trump to ‘seize power’ before Jan. 6, video shows

Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano is greeted by former President Donald Trump at a rally to support local candidates at Mohegan Sun Arena on September 3, 2022 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.Spencer Platt/Getty Images

  • Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano prayed for Congress to “ignore” the 2020 election results.

  • Video of a Zoom call showed him praying for lawmakers to “rise up boldly” on Jan. 6.

  • Mastriano is the GOP candidate for governor of Pennsylvania that Trump is endorsing.

In a meeting with Christian nationalists in December 2020, state Sen. Doug Mastriano prayed that Congress would “wake up” on Jan. 6 and “ignore” Pennsylvania’s election results, according to a video published by Rolling Stone on Friday.

Mastriano — the Republican candidate for governor in Pennsylvania — participated in a Zoom meeting held by Jim Garlow, a former megachurch pastor associated with the New Apostolic Reformation, a far-right Christian movement. According to Rolling Stone, Garlow believes the Bible should dictate how the US government operates, a Christian nationalist authority.

During the “Global Prayer for Electoral Integrity” call, Mastriano led a prayer for the results of the 2020 election, in which he made many biblical and historical references linking Christianity and the US.

“We remember 1776, our Declaration of Independence, speaking the truth and the word of God about what the United States of America would become,” he said. Mastriano also mentioned Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in 1863 and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in which a “strong Christian” confronted the hijackers and said, “let’s roll” — an apparent reference to Todd Beamer, who was in United Airlines Flight 93. which crashed in Pennsylvania.

“God, I ask you to help us roll through these dark times, to not be afraid of the dark,” he continued, citing more biblical references.

“I pray that we will take responsibility — we will seize the power given to us by the Constitution, as well as by you, providently. I pray for the leaders and the federal government, God, on January 6 that they will rise up boldly,” he said.

Mastriano also prayed that God would bless the letters “outlining the scam in Pennsylvania” he was sending to Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. Kevin McCarthy at Trump’s request, and that the letters would encourage them to “stand firm and ignore this that happened in Pennslyvania until we investigate.’

President Joe Biden won Pennsylvania in the 2020 election, and a close “risk mitigation check” was completed. No evidence of widespread fraud was ever revealed.

Right Wing Watch first reported Mastriano’s participation in the prayer call in May 2021, but Rolling Stone was the first to publish the video.

Mastriano, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, faced criticism earlier this year for his ties to far-right extremists and Christian nationalists. Campaign finance records showed Mastriano paid $5,000 in consulting fees to Gab, a social network founded by self-proclaimed Christian nationalist Andrew Torba, Insider’s Charles Davis reported.

Christian nationalism is an ideology that holds that Christianity and the US are intrinsically linked and therefore religion should have a privileged place in American society. It has experienced a mainstream resurgence as lawmakers like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert embrace its ideals.

A representative for Mastriano did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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