The Court of Appeal rejects the challenge to Trump’s competition in Pennsylvania


Trump’s attorneys have vowed to go to the Supreme Court despite the judges ruling that “the campaign’s allegations have no merit”.

“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. The accusation of injustice is serious. But calling the election unfair doesn’t do that. Fees require specific statements and then justification. He’s not here either, ”wrote Stephanos Bibas, Trump’s district judge, Trump’s appointment to the panel of three judges appointed by the Republican presidents.

The case was discussed in a lower court last week by Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s attorney, who insisted in a five-hour oral argument that the 2020 presidential election was marred by widespread fraud in Pennsylvania. However, Giuliani did not provide tangible evidence of this in court.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann, another Republican, said the campaign’s flawed complaint, “like Frankenstein’s Monster, was randomly linked,” denied Giuliani the right to modify it a second time.

The U.S. District Court of Appeals called any revision “futile”. Chief Justice D. Brooks Smith and Judge Michael Chagares were on the board with Bibass, a former professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania. Trump’s sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, sat in court for 20 years, retiring in 2019.

“Voters, not lawyers, elect the president. Ballot papers, not prospectuses, decide on elections. , ”Bibas said in the opinion, which also rejected the campaign’s request to stop the state from verifying the results, calling the demand“ breathtaking ”.

In fact, Pennsylvania officials on Tuesday announced they had verified their votes to elected president, Joe Biden, who defeated Trump in the state by more than 80,000 votes. Nationwide, Biden and fellow Kamala Harris garnered nearly 80 million votes, a record in the U.S. presidential election.

Trump said he hopes the Supreme Court will intervene in the competition as it did in 2000 when its decision to stop the Florida recount gave Republican George W. Bush his choice. On Nov. 5, as the counting of votes continued, Trump posted a tweet that “The U.S. Supreme Court should decide!

Since then, Trump and his deputies have rudely attacked the election and launched lawsuits to try to block the results in six battlefield states. But there was little sympathy on the part of the judges, almost all of whom rejected complaints about the security of postal items used by millions of people from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump perhaps hopes that the Supreme Court, which he helped steer toward the Conservative 6-3 majority, would be more open to his bases, especially since the Supreme Court only approved Pennsylvania’s decision to Nov. 6 on 4-4 votes. accepts mail. month. Since then, Trump candidate Amy Coney Barrett has joined the court.

“The Pennsylvania activist judicial machinery continues to cover up allegations of massive fraud,” Trump’s lawyer, Jenna Ellis, tweeted after Friday’s decision. – Go to SCOTUS!

In the present case, the Trump campaign sought deprivation of the state’s 6.8 million voters, or at least a “cherry picker” of the 1.5 million who voted by letter in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and other democratically-minded areas, the appellate court said.

“It is to be expected that, in achieving such a startling result, the plaintiff will be armed with incredibly legal arguments and factual evidence of rampant corruption,” Brann, a member of the Conservative Federalist Society, wrote in a terrible November 21 verdict. – It didn’t happen.

A separate Republican challenge to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court this week is aimed at preventing the state from putting additional certifications on the ballot. Democratic Governor Tom Wolf’s government is struggling with this effort, saying it would prevent the state’s legislative and congressional delegation from settling in the coming weeks.

On Thursday, Trump said the November 3 election was not over early. Still, he said he would leave the White House on Jan. 20 if the Electoral College were to shape Biden’s victory.

– Of course I will. But you know that, ”Trump said in the White House, asking reporters for the first time since election day.

However, Twitter continued to unfoundedly attack Detroit, Atlanta and other large black-populated democratic cities on Friday as a source of “massive voter fraud”. And without evidence, he claimed that an observer from a Pennsylvania poll revealed computer memory drives that gave Biden “50,000 votes each”.

All 50 states must verify their results before the Electoral College meets on December 14, and any challenges to the results must be resolved by December 8. Biden also won the Electoral College and the referendum with a wide selection.

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