Beaten by setbacks in a desperate attempt to overturn the U.S. presidential election, President Donald Trump on Saturday repeated unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud and his allies attempted to block official recognition of Democrat Joe Biden’s victories in Michigan and in Pennsylvania.
Two weeks after Biden was declared president-elect, Trump, a Republican, refused to concede and is seeking to invalidate or modify the results through lawsuits and reports in several battlefield states. His campaign did not provide evidence for his allegations of widespread and coordinated electoral fraud.
On Saturday, a group of Republican politicians and voters filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania state court, claiming that a 2019 law paving the way for an expanded absentee vote was unconstitutional. They sought to prevent authorities from certifying that Biden won 81,000 more votes than Trump in the state and allowing the Republican-controlled legislature to decide who won the election.
A non-partisan expert said the lawsuit, like dozens of others brought by the Trump campaign and its allies, would not go far in court.
“I don’t think this case is designed to win,” said Benjamin Geffen, lawyer at the Public Interest Law Center in Philadelphia. “I am concerned that the case is really no longer about fueling conspiracy theories and undermining civic trust in our electoral process.”
In Michigan, the Republican National Committee and the state Republican Party wrote to the state solicitors council asking it to adjourn for 14 days to allow for an audit of the ballots in Wayne County, which includes the predominantly black city of Detroit. The letter cited allegations of “irregularities” which were not substantiated. Biden won 154,000 more votes than Trump in Michigan.
A spokesperson for the Michigan State Department noted that Michigan law does not allow audits before certification – which is due to take place on Monday – and said: “The judges initially appointed by Republicans and Democrats have concluded that the allegations of widespread fraud were completely unfounded. “
Two top Republican lawmakers from Michigan, who came to Washington at Trump’s request, said after meeting with him on Friday that they had no information that would change the state’s election result.
Trump said on Saturday the media had misinterpreted the statement, in which the two also said they trusted a review by Michigan lawmakers.
“Massive electoral fraud will be shown!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Trump’s efforts, which critics call an unprecedented push by a sitting president to overthrow the will of voters, have met with little success in the courtroom or on the ground.
A manual recount and an audit in Georgia confirmed on Friday that Biden was the winner in Southern State, the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia in nearly three decades.
The Trump campaign now has two working days to request a recount in Georgia. Trump’s legal team also said they were planning a trial in the state, but did not provide details.
Trump’s accusations continued to inflame his tough Republican base.
Hundreds of supporters gathered at the Statehouse in Atlanta on Saturday, with a video posted online showing speakers denouncing the media for calling Biden the winner of the election, as well as some Republicans, including Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, for having certified the results. A counter-protest was also formed and police in riot gear were deployed between the two groups.
The Trump campaign’s latest tactic is to convince Republican-controlled legislatures in battlefield states won by Biden to overturn the results and declare Trump the winner, according to three people familiar with the plan.
The long-drawn-out effort is currently focused on Michigan and Pennsylvania, though Trump would still have to cancel the vote in another state to get past Biden in the Electoral College.
Such an event would be unprecedented in modern American history.
Some groups retaliated with their own legal action.
On Friday, a group of black voters in Detroit and a voting rights organization filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing Trump and his campaign of violating the voting rights law of 1965 by falsely claiming electoral fraud and trying to overturn results in Michigan and other states by putting pressure on officials not to count or certify votes or to install pro-Trump voters.
“The defendants are openly seeking to deny black voters their rights,” the lawsuit said. More than 78% of Detroit residents are black, according to US Census data.
Biden, who denounced Trump’s attempt to reverse the election results as “totally irresponsible,” spent Saturday meeting with transition counselors and attending church.
Trump attended a virtual summit of the 20 largest economies in the world, then went golfing at his club in Sterling, Virginia.
Senior Republicans have remained largely silent on Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud or have defended his right to seek redress, but several expressed doubts on Friday.
Two Republican sources said that a press conference on Thursday in which Trump’s lawyer Rudolph Giuliani accused Democrats of engaging in a “national conspiracy” to manipulate the vote totals, while admitting that ‘he had no proof, could have been a turning point for some former allies.
The General Service Administration, led by a person appointed by Trump, did not recognize Biden’s victory, barring his team from accessing government offices and funding normally provided to a new administration ahead of Day of the Day. inauguration on January 20.
Critics say Trump’s delay and refusal to concede has serious implications for national security and the fight against the coronavirus, which has killed nearly 255,000 Americans.
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