Trump on Pa. gerrymandering case: Fight those maps!

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President Donald Trump speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday during a meeting with state and local officials about infrastructure.

President Trump is weighing in on the growing controversy surrounding Pennsylvania’s newly-drawn congressional maps, urging state Republicans to fight against the reconfigured districts “all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary.”

“Your Original was correct! Don’t let the Dems take elections away from you so that they can raise taxes & waste money!” Trump wrote in a tweet shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The president’s remarks came less than 24 hours after Pennsylvania’s high court imposed a new congressional map, after deciding that the one in place for the last eight years is unconstitutionally gerrymandered, favoring Republican candidates.

Top Republican officials in Pennsylvania have vowed to fight the court’s move, which they assert usurps the legislature’s authority and creates a “constitutional crisis.”

Drew Crompton, the Senate’s top lawyer and chief of staff to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R., Jefferson), said Monday that Republicans will file legal action as early as Tuesday to stop the implementation of the new maps.