The Federal Court of Appeals dismisses Trump’s lawsuit over the Pennsylvania election results


President Donald Trump continues to deceive questioned the results of the 2020 presidential election – won three weeks ago by President-elect Joe Biden – early Saturday morning. But as the lawsuit fails in the courts and the federal election certification deadline approaches, Trump will soon run off the road to try to overthrow the election.

The president’s latest legal defeat came on Friday when a three-member appellate court dismissed Trump’s campaign lawsuit against Pennsylvania election officials who allegedly unconstitutionally discriminated against the state’s Trump voters in a blatant, unanimous decision finding that the president’s lawsuit “

The lawsuit specifically asked the Third District Court of Appeals for two things: the reversal of the lower court decision that prevented Trump’s legal team from modifying its complaint to include allegations that pollsters’ observers were prohibited from following the vote counting process, and instructions should issue “so that the aggregation of verified votes does not take effect. ”(Pennsylvania confirmed its election results on Tuesday.) The court did not provide either.

In its decision, the court highlighted that Trump’s legal team had no evidence of its allegations and rebuked lawyers for making “vague and convincing” allegations and seeking redress “extremely disproportionate to the procedural challenges raised”.

“The campaign never claims that any vote was cast fraudulently or by an illegal voter,” Judge Stephanos Bibas, who Trump brought to court in 2017, wrote to the court. “He never claims that any of the defendants handled the Trump campaign or his votes worse than the Biden campaign or his votes. If something is called discrimination, it doesn’t do it yet. “

“The allegations of injustice are serious,” Bibas wrote. “But calling the election unfair doesn’t make it. Fees require specific statements and then justification. He’s not here either.

Earlier, Trump’s lawsuit in Pennsylvania was dismissed by a federal district court with a similar, equally scorching decision by Judge Matthew Brann, who wrote that “this court was presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative charges, not included in and supported in the operational complaint. evidence.”

In Tweet after the decision was announced, Jenna Ellis, Trump’s campaign law adviser, who in 2016 referred to Trump as “unethical, corrupt, liar, criminal, dirt bag,” rejected the “activist judicial machinery in Pennsylvania”.

“Go to SCOTUS,” Ellis wrote on Friday.

However, there is no guarantee that the Supreme Court will accept the case if the Trump campaign follows an appeal, experts say, much less that the Court would favor it.

“Yes, the Trump campaign can now ‘go to #SCOTUS,’ but why?” wrote Steve Vladeck, a law professor at the University of Texas, on Twitter. – The Court will never take up this lawsuit. And as the unanimous opinion of the third district appointed by Trump makes clear, there is no pending appeal against the prohibition decision. “

The Trump campaign faces just as little chance elsewhere. Although determined to pursue litigation in other swing states, Trump’s legal team has so far performed poorly: Overall post-election registration in court consists of 1-38, According to Marc Elias, a democratic voting lawyer, who writes that the campaign “is losing 50 at a good pace before voters meet in December”.

Even before the December 14 meeting of the Electoral College, the federal deadline for state certification of election results on December 8 is fast approaching. According to the New York Times, “if states resolve all disputes and validate their findings” by that deadline, “the results should be isolated from further legal challenges, ensuring that states won by Mr. Biden send Biden’s delegates to the Electoral College.”

This certification essentially calls into question the President’s legal challenges. And the Electoral College meeting next week will slam the door even more firmly against Trump’s insane voter fraud claims. Biden won 74 more election votes than Trump – 36 more than the minimum required to win the presidency. It is possible, though highly unlikely, that some voters in the states won by Biden will vote for Trump – but as the Times points out, “there were few rogue voters and they never changed the outcome”.

Trump is constantly spreading lies about non-existent voter fraud

Although the Trump campaign has repeatedly failed to present evidence of voter fraud in court, this has not prevented the president and his lawyers from outrageously lying about the legitimacy of the election. Their late false falsification included a variety of meaningless conspiracy theories, ranging from ballots to make Biden “made from the air” Prior to the death of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in 2013, he helped equip election machines.

And even on extremely rare occasions since election day, when Trump was close to acknowledging the reality of his loss, he married that recognition with even more false, baseless fraud claims.

“[Biden] won because the election was falsified ”- Trump tweeted earlier this month.

He took a similar stance in Thursday’s public speeches when journalists asked if Biden wanted to leave the White House when he took office.

– Of course I will. And you know that. But I think a lot of things will happen by now and by January 20, ”Trump said, according to a transcript from the White House. “They found a huge scam. We are like a third world country.

For all of Trump’s hedging transactions, Biden’s margin is only increasing. On Friday, the former vice president in two counties in Wisconsin received 132 new votes in a recount requested and paid for by the Trump campaign. All in all, Biden’s national referendum difference is now well over 6 million votes.

And on Monday, the General Services Administration – the government agency responsible for “establishing” the presidential victory to provide government resources to a transition team – has authorized the start of the transition in Biden.

Nor did Trump ignore this: “[GSA administrator] Emily Murphy has done a great job, but the GSA does not specify who will be the next president of the United States. ” on Tuesday tweeted.

You are right about this, if only technically. “Voters, not lawyers, elect the president,” Bibas wrote in his decision to dismiss the Trump campaign appeal. – Election ballots decide decisions, not short information. And these voters have decided – no matter what Trump claims – that Biden will be the next president of the United States.