“Calling an election unfair does not make it so,” “Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” “Voters, not lawyers, choose the president,” and “Ballots, not briefs, decide elections,” were among the scathing observations an Appeals Court in Philadelphia made on Friday in a harsh rebuke to Trump’s efforts to jam up the election results in courts.
The three judge panel accused the Trump campaign of engaging in “repetitive litigation” and pointed out that the public interest strongly favored “counting every lawful voter’s vote, and not disenfranchising millions of Pennsylvania voters who voted by mail.” All three judges were appointed by Republicans with the lead judge Stephanos Bibas who wrote opinion being a Trump-appointee.
Legal and political opinion is increasingly pointing to Trump’s effort to disenfranchise voters and invalidate votes from Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, and Milwaukee, all cities with large Black populations, where the defeated President says voter fraud is rampant. Historically, the white US establishment has made it as difficult as possible for Blacks to vote, particularly in red states such as Georgia.
Separately, a vote recount in Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County for which the Trump campaign paid $3 million in fees saw Biden’s lead increase by 132 votes, eliciting mirth among Trump critics about his political strategy and business acumen.
Trump though continued to denigrate and undermine the elections results, walking back even the implicit concession he made on Thursday that he would leave the White House if the Electoral College certified the results.
“Biden can only enter the White House as President if he can prove that his ridiculous “80,000,000 votes” were not fraudulently or illegally obtained. When you see what happened in Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia & Milwaukee, massive voter fraud, he’s got a big unsolvable problem!” he tweeted after the Pennsylvania Appeals Court ruling.
Biden can only enter the White House as President if he can prove that his ridiculous “80,000,000 votes” were not f… https://t.co/kyFRUnUL46
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 1606492573000
The onus is actually on Trump to prove there was voting fraud and his lawyers have lost case after case on this front, inviting ridicule.
Meanwhile, Chris Krebs, the fired director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, told the CBS 60 Minutes program that allegations of US voting machines being manipulated by foreign countries or votes being counted abroad were baseless.
“I don’t understand this claim. All votes in the United States of America are counted in the United States of America. Period,” Krebs said, adding, “There’s no evidence that any machine that I’m aware of has been manipulated by a foreign power. Period.” Numerous moderate Republicans and Democrats have affirmed this, while acknowledging rare cases of errors numbering only in the dozens — not enough to change results.
But fundamentalist Republicans appear to have made it a mission to undermine the election process, imperfect as it is, in an effort to guard their primacy already enhanced by gerrymandering- carving out voting districts according to political loyalty.
“The more data comes out on vote anomalies that clearly are not legitimate the more it looks like 2020 may be the biggest Presidential theft since Adams and Clay robbed Andrew Jackson in 1824. State legislatures should demand recounts,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Friday, leading the chorus of Trump Republicans trying to steal the elections by alleging the other side stole it.