On November 27, President Trump claimed that President-Elect Joe Biden must prove that the votes he received in the presidential election were not “illegally obtained” in order to enter the White House. Following is Trump’s Tweet:
“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!”
Twitter added the disclaimer: “! This claim about election fraud is disputed.”
Trump’s tweet came after it was reported by FOX news no less that Biden crossed the 80 million vote threshold as votes are still being counted. Trump’s TWEET is merely one of the many of his TWEETs to cast doubt on the election result. Trump has ordered lawsuits to challenge the results in the swing states, with all those lawsuits having been dismissed, which he has challenged by alleging voter fraud in multiple swing states that he lost, specifically Pennsylvania.
It was on Wednesday, November 15 that Trump said the election was stolen and said:
“This election was rigged and we can’t let that happen. We can’t let it happen for our country. … And this election has to be turned around because we won Pennsylvania by a lot and we won all these swing states by a lot.”
It was on Thanksgiving Day that Trump said he would leave office if the Electoral College vote in December went to Biden and said:
“Certainly, I will. … You know that I will. … A lot of things [are] happening between now and January 20.”
Ostensibly what Trump was referring to are all the lawsuits being file with the hope that at least one of the cases will reach the United State Supreme Court and it will declare the election fraudulent. It was 2000 when the United States Supreme Court intervened to give the election to George W. Bush by stopping the recount in Florida. Bush won the electoral college to become President and Vice President Gore won the popular vote.
TRUMP’S LOSING LEGAL CHALLENGES TO ELECTION
The Trump campaign has launched upwards of 45 legal challenges related to how votes were counted. All of the court challenges have been dismissed as the states certified their results. Pennsylvania was one of those states where the election was certified. On Tuesday, November 23, Pennsylvania election officials announced that they had certified their vote count for President Elect Joe Biden, who defeated Trump by more than 80,000 votes in the state.
On November 19, 2020, during a news conference at Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, with the smell of sweat blackened by his cheap hair dye running down his face, an unhinged former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani had this to say:
“I know crimes, I can smell them. You don’t have to smell this one, I can prove it to you, 18 different ways. I can prove to you that he won, Pennsylvania, by 300,000 votes. I can prove to you that he won Michigan, probably 50,000 votes. …
It’s not a singular voter fraud in one state. This pattern repeats itself in a number of states, almost exactly the same pattern, which any experienced investigator prosecutor, which suggests that there was a plan — from a centralized place to execute these various acts of voter fraud, specifically focused on big cities, and specifically focused on, as you would imagine, big cities controlled by Democrats, and particularly if they focused on big cities that have a long history of corruption.”
Reports have said that Giuliani is being paid $20,000 a day, and for that kind of money he should be able to afford a decent hair dye that will not run as he sweats.
It was on November 17 that Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, during a five-hour hearing in Williamsport, Pennsylvania before U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann. Giuliani asserted widespread election fraud in Pennsylvania without evidence and that a “Mafia-like” cabal of Democratic leaders in cities nationwide used mail ballots to rig the election in Joe Biden’s favor. United States District Judge Matthew Brann, a Republican appointee, wrote that the campaign’s error-filled complaint “like Frankenstein’s Monster, has been haphazardly stitched together”. Just one example of a pleading error was spelling “poll” as “pole”. The Federal Court denied Giuliani the right to amend the election challenge complaint for a second time. The Trump campaign appealed the ruling.
On November 27, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Brann’s lower court ruling and called any revisions “futile.” 3rd Circuit Judge Stephanos Bibas wrote the decision for the Court. Bibas is a former University of Pennsylvania law professor. The Court Panel included Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith and Judge Michael Chagares. Trump’s sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, sat on the court for 20 years, retiring in 2019. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the campaign’s request to stop the Pennsylvania from certifying its results, a demand the court called “breathtaking”. Judge Bibas wrote in the opinion and found:
“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But 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. Ballots, not briefs, decide elections”
Trump’s lawyers vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court despite the judges’ assessment that the “campaign’s claims have no merit.”
BIDEN CAMPAIGN RESPONSE
When Trump began to make it clear that he would not concede the election and he began launching unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and claiming falsely that he had been cheated out of re-election, Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates had this to say:
“… the American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.”
COMMENTARY AND ANALYSIS
Trump is acting like a wounded, dying animal with his refusal to engage in a normal presidential transition. Trump and the Republican party want to steal the election from President Elect Joe Biden with daily lying about the election results and filing frivolous lawsuits in the battleground states.
Trump is already making it known that he wants to run again in 2024 and telling his supporters he wants to keep his options open. As he has done for the last 4 years, he promotes hostility and mistrust amongst his supporters undercutting our democracy for the sake of holding onto power. Most assuredly, the country has not seen the last of its once and future fascist who became president.
Trump’s Republican party is supporting his efforts to discredit the election with the likes of Republican Senators Mitch Mc Connell, Lindsay Graham and Rudy Giuliani supporting his legal challenges. McConnell, the Senate majority leader said that “President Trump is 100% within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options,” while chastising Democrats for expecting Trump to “accept preliminary election results”. Trump may have the right to legally challenge election results, but he does not have the right to press on in a court of law without absolutely no proof and just lying that the election was rigged.
Trump still has a strangle hold on the Republican party that will play into his thirst to regain power after he leaves office. A Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 52% of Republicans believe Trump “rightfully won” the U.S. election and that the election was stolen from him by widespread voter fraud. The poll found that just 26% of Republicans said they thought Biden’s win was “legitimate.”
The White House is under the concurrent control and protection of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Secret Service. Come January 20, 2021 at 12:00 Noon when Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46 President of the United States, if Trump and his wife, and 14-year-old son and family members have not move out of the White House by then, they will be trespassing and will be breaking the law and can be forcefully evicted. Perhaps if Trump attends the Biden-Harris inauguration, which is not at all likely, the United States Secret Service can give him an eviction notice and even arrest him for trespass.
It is hoped that Trump is forced to move his residence from the State of Florida back to the State of New York and that he resides in the gated community known as the “Attica State Corrections Facility” to live out his remaining years with members of his family.
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