U.S. FEDERAL APPEALS COURT NIXES TRUMP’S PENNSYLVANIA POLL CASE
A federal appeals court rejected an attempt by US President Donald Trump’s campaign to block President-elect Joe Biden from being declared the winner of Pennsylvania, dealing another significant setback to Trump’s bid to overturn the Nov. 3 election, Tom Hals reported for Reuters.
“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so,” wrote Stephanos Bibas on behalf of a three-judge panel. “Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” wrote Bibas, who was nominated by Trump. Voters, not lawyers, choose the President. Ballots, not briefs, decide elections,” said the appeals court opinion. The opinion questions the logic of Trump and his legal team, which wants the believe their evidence-free arguments.
The Trump campaign and its supporters have tried and failed to convince judges of election irregularities in Michigan, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada, all critical to Biden’s victory. “On to SCOTUS!” wrote Jenna Ellis, a Trump campaign attorney, on Twitter after the ruling, referring to a planned appeal to the US Supreme Court. “The activist judicial machinery in Pennsylvania continues to cover up the allegations of massive fraud,” she howled. The only problem is that the US Supreme Court is not a trier of facts but the ultimate interpreter of the law and the Constitution.
Pennsylvania certified Biden, who won the state by 80,000 votes, as its winner this week. Under Pennsylvania law, the candidate who wins the popular vote in the state gets all of the state’s 20 electoral votes. Trump, a Republican, has refused to concede to his Democratic rival and continues to claim, without evidence, widespread voter fraud. Now, Trump wants Biden to prove he had amassed 80 million votes to his 73 million, and his demand has met snickers and contempt from lawyers and even Republicans. But as his legal challenges to the results fail, Trump said on Thursday he will leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for Biden when it meets on Dec. 14, the closest he has come to conceding the election.