Can Trump or the Supreme Court steal the election?
In the days following US Election Day, President Donald Trump threatened legal action in some of the battleground states that were among the last to count their ballots. It was all part of a campaign to cast doubt on the legality of mail-in ballots, which disproportionately favored Joe Biden.
The Trump campaign or Republican lawyers have filed lawsuits in the battleground states of Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Texas. Some are related to so few ballots that they pale in comparison to President-Elect Biden’s lead in those states, or they are related to unsubstantiated claims of a lack of access to partisan poll watchers during ballot counting. The lawsuits themselves likely won’t alter the course of the election, or reach the Supreme Court, like the one that halted a recount in the 2000 presidential race and resulted in the election of George W. Bush.
But one lawsuit in Pennsylvania sheds light on a potentially anti-democratic stance on how to interpret future election laws, one that gives outsize power to both the Supreme Court, and state legislatures. Watch the video above to learn more about the Trump campaign’s lawsuits and the future of the Supreme Court and election law.