New legal defeat for Trump in the fight against election results
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Trump wanted to invalidate millions of votes. The reason: alleged “massive electoral fraud”. Now he has to take setbacks in important states. In Michigan, it’s even his Republican party friends who brush him off.
E.In federal court in the US state of Pennsylvania, the incumbent US President Donald Trump missed another defeat in his fight against the election results. Trump’s attorneys had only presented “tried legal arguments without value and speculative allegations” without evidence, wrote Judge Matthew Brann in a statement published on Saturday evening (local time) for his decision. Trump and his Republican allies have also suffered defeat on other lawsuits in Michigan, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
The injunction requested by Trump to prevent Pennsylvania from certifying the election results was thus rejected. Trump’s lawsuit also aimed to potentially invalidate millions of absentee ballots. The arguments and evidence presented would not even have been enough to invalidate the vote of “a single voter”, wrote the judge. “Our people, our laws and institutions demand more,” he wrote.
In the important state, which has 20 electorates to assign, the Democrat Joe Biden prevailed. According to forecasts by the US media, Biden now has 306 voters, significantly more than the majority of 270 votes necessary to win. However, Trump refuses to admit defeat, claiming massive electoral fraud occurred in the November 3 election. However, he has not provided any solid evidence for this. For this reason, judges have already dismissed several of his lawsuits.
In the state of Georgia, Judge Steven Grimberg had dismissed a conservative attorney’s lawsuit on Friday evening (local time), with which he wanted to stop the certification of the election result. The Georgia court also dismissed an attack by the plaintiff on postal votes. Granting the injunction sought by the plaintiff would “create confusion, undermine public confidence in the election and potentially expel more than a million Georgia voters,” it said.
Biden’s narrow election victory in Georgia has now been officially confirmed. The responsible State Secretary Brad Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp certified the results on Friday afternoon. Biden won the votes of the state’s 16 electorate by a wafer-thin majority of 12,670 votes. Because of the tight result, the state had initiated a recount. As a result, Biden’s lead had shrunk, before he had been in the lead with around 14,000 votes. However, Trump still has until Tuesday to request another recount.
Trump was also unlucky with another strategy: Republican MPs and senators from the state of Michigan invited by him to the White House spoke out against attempts to alter the election results with legal tricks after the meeting. The Republicans said on Friday that they had no information that could change the election result. They would therefore “follow the law and normal process” in appointing the electorate, declared Senate and Chamber of Representatives Majority Leaders Mike Shirkey and Lee Chatfield. “And the candidates who win the most votes win the election and the votes of the electorate,” they said.
Biden won the Michigan election by a large margin. Trump’s unusual meeting with the Republicans had fueled fears that he would press them to change the outcome of the normally more formal steps of notarization. However, US media cited lawyers who stressed that such a move would never have stood in court, even with the consent of the local Republicans.