A federal judge issued a scathing order Saturday dismissing the Trump campaign's futile effort to block the certification of votes in Pennsylvania, shooting down claims of widespread irregularities with mail-in ballots.
The case was always a long shot to stop President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, but it was President Donald Trump´s best hope to affect the election results through the courts, mostly because of the number of electoral votes, 20, at stake in Pennsylvania. His personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, stepped into a courtroom for the first time in decades to argue the case this past week.
US District Court Judge Matthew Brann wrote in his order that Trump had asked the court to disenfranchise almost 7 million voters.
'One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption,' Brann wrote, so much that the court would have no option but to stop the certification even though it would impact so many people.
'That has not happened.'
The Trump campaign responded by issuing a statement blasting the 'Obama-appointed judge' while vowing to fight on all the way to the Supreme Court.
'Today’s decision turns out to help us in our strategy to get expeditiously to the US Supreme Court,' Trump campaign attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis wrote in their statement.
'Although we fully disagree with this opinion, we’re thankful to the Obama-appointed judge for making this anticipated decision quickly, rather than simply trying to run out the clock.'
Meanwhile, Trump reacted to the court loss by urging state legislators to appoint a Trump-friendly slate of electors that would defy the popular vote and hand the president another term in office.
Trump tweeted: 'Why is Joe Biden so quickly forming a Cabinet when my investigators have found hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes, enough to "flip" at least four States, which in turn is more than enough to win the Election?
'Hopefully the Courts and/or Legislatures will have the COURAGE to do what has to be done to maintain the integrity of our Elections, and the United States of America itself.
'THE WORLD IS WATCHING!!!'
The president on Saturday also defended a lawsuit brought by a fiercely pro-Trump lawmaker, House Rep. Mike Kelly cheneyof Pennsylvania.
Kelly is leading a suit filed on Saturday in Pennsylvania challenging the use of mail-in ballots predominately cast by Democrats in lifting Biden to victory in the presidential race in the state and seeking to block certification of the election results.
The lawsuit was filed in the state Commonwealth Court, just two days before the deadline for counties to certify the results of the presidential election in Pennsylvania, and marks the latest attempt in court by Republicans, including Trump, to overturn Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania.
The plaintiffs contend that the GOP-controlled Legislature never followed the proper constitutional procedures to expand exceptions to in-person voting to institute a system of universal mail-in voting and are asking the court to throw out non-absentee mail-in ballots.