Sunday, November 22, 2020 03:01
A federal judge dismissed this Saturday the most important demand that the campaign of the outgoing president, Donald trump, had presented in Pennsylvania, and left him virtually no options to reverse the outcome of the elections in that state on which the keys to the White House depend.
Judge Matthew Brann’s decision implies that Pennsylvania counties have a free hand to certify the result of the elections of November 3, for which this Monday the deadline is met, and confirm as the winner of the territory to the president-elect, Joe biden.
The lawsuit claimed invalidate millions of votes cast by mail arguing that the ability for voters to correct errors on their ballots in certain counties hurt Trump’s Republican party.
The magistrate ruled that the Trump campaign had resorted to “flawed and meritless legal arguments, already speculative accusations “in his attempt to discard millions of votes.
“In the United States of America this cannot justify the suppression of the right to vote of a single voter, much less of all the voters in its sixth most populous state, “Brann wrote.
An almost impossible comeback for Trump
The decision marks a profound setback for the legal strategy of the Trump campaign, which has already lost other cases in Pennsylvania, in addition to Michigan, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona in his complaint without evidence that electoral fraud has been perpetrated.
This lawsuit was the last of great depth that was active in Pennsylvania, and the attorney for the outgoing president, Rudy giuliani, defended her personally during a hearing last Tuesday.
Without Pennsylvania it is practically impossible for Trump to turn the election result around, since the advantage of Biden in the Electoral College is such (of 306 votes against 232), that the current president would have to demonstrate a major fraud in several states to prevail.
Trump has already received two other setbacks this Friday: the first in Georgia, which certified Biden’s victory; and the second in Michigan, where two state legislators whom he invited to the White House affirmed, after the meeting, that they had no information that could change the outcome of the elections in their state.
Without flipping the result in multiple states, something extremely unlikely, Trump won’t be able to stop Biden from taking office on January 20, and the ways to achieve it are closed with each passing day.
Trump’s team only has until December 8 to develop its legal strategy, because that day all states should have resolved any dispute and the governor of each territory must send the certified results to Congress.