As they frantically searched for ways to save President Donald Trump’s failed reelection bid, his campaign continued a dizzying game of legal hopscotch in six states, centered on the biggest prize of all: Pennsylvania.
The strategy may have worked well on TV cameras and on the radio with Trump supporters. But it turned out to be a disaster in the courts, where judges uniformly dismissed their allegations of electoral fraud and amateur campaign legal work.
In a scathing decision on Saturday night, U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann – a Republican and Federalist Society member from central Pennsylvania – compared the campaign’s legal arguments to the “Frankenstein monster,” concluding that the Trump was only offering “speculative accusations”, not evidence of rampant corruption. .
The campaign said on Sunday it would appeal the decision to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a day before the state’s 67 counties were ready to certify their results and send them to officials in the state. ‘State.
So, as the legal doors close on Trump’s attempts to get the courts to do what voters wouldn’t do on election day and issue him a second term, his efforts in Pennsylvania show just how ready he is to push. the baseless theories of widespread electoral fraud.
It was led by Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, who descended on the state on Saturday after the Nov. 3 election as the count dragged on and the president played golf. Summoning reporters to a dilapidated and remote corner of Philadelphia on November 7, he showed up at a site that would soon become legendary: Four Seasons Total Landscaping.
The 11:30 a.m. press conference was doomed from the start.
Minutes earlier, news outlets had started calling the presidential race for Democrat Joe Biden. The race was over.
Trump’s plan to subvert the election through litigation and howls of fraud – the same tactic he had used to avoid losses in business – was heating up. And it would soon spread far beyond Pennsylvania.
“Some of the ballots looked suspicious,” Giuliani, 76, said of the vote count in Philadelphia as he stood behind a chain link fence next to a sex shop. He decried the city as being run by a “decrepit democratic machine”.
“These ballots could have been drafted the day before, by the Democratic Party hacks who were all over the convention center,” Giuliani said. He has promised to file a new round of lawsuits. He wandered.
“It’s a very, very solid case,” he said.
Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School specializing in electoral law, called the lawsuits against Trump dangerous.
“It’s a side show, but it’s a harmful side show,” Levitt said. “It’s a toxic side spectacle. The continued unsubstantiated claims and no alternative fact evidence actually have an effect on a substantial number of Americans. They create the conditions so that elections no longer work in the future. “