President Donald Trump’s campaign filed new lawsuit challenging presidential election results full resumption of elections in Georgia. This is despite two reports in the state – overseen by Republican officials – both indicating that Biden’s victory in the state is unambiguous and is not going to change.
Trump’s retrial, filed in a Georgia state court on Friday, represents the latest in dozens of efforts by his campaign and allies to challenge the legitimacy of the vote count in major states across the country, which do not ‘all failed to gain ground – or even be taken seriously by the judges – except for a minor victory involving an insignificant number of ballots.
But while Trump’s pipe-dreaming legal efforts and unproven allegations of electoral fraud stand no chance of overturning the presidential election results, legal experts say they continue to shape The widespread reluctance of Republicans recognize the legitimacy of President-elect Joe Biden’s new administration, potentially paving the way for even higher levels of polarization in Washington than before.
According to ABC News, Trump’s latest trial in Georgia alleges that the state’s electoral code has been “ignored, abandoned, ignored, changed and otherwise violated”, resulting in the inclusion of “sufficient illegal votes” in the countdown. The lawsuit challenges rule changes regarding ballot eligibility and includes allegations of fraud “based on witness affidavits but with little evidence,” report ABC’s Olivia Rubin and Matthew Mosk. Trump’s team uses these claims to call for “a new presidential election happening as soon as possible.”
Georgia is in the midst of its third vote count overseen by Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, and Biden’s margin of victory, while narrow, appears firm. Georgia Unprecedented manual count audit confirmed Biden’s victory over Trump, modestly reduce his margin of victory of 13,558 votes to 12,284 votes. And Friday, preliminary results of a machine recount of votes indicated that Biden is on track for a similar margin of victory in the third ballot count.
On the day Trump’s team filed the Georgia lawsuit, it also suffered two more legal defeats. In Nevada, a district judge refuse a Trump campaign lawsuit challenging the state’s results based on alleged wrongdoing. The judge said the legal team “has failed to meet its burden of providing credible and relevant evidence.” And the Supreme Court of Wisconsin decreases to hear Trump’s trial attempting to overturn his loss.
Trump and his allies have filed at least 46 prosecutions across the country and their efforts have gone bad, with even conservative and Trump-appointed judges writing scathing denials of lawsuits devoid of credible evidence of misconduct, incompetence or fraud by election officials.
Earlier this week, Andrew Prokop of Vox summed up the state of Trump’s ‘stop the steal’ policy: “The lawsuits against the Trump campaign and its allies have failed. Major Swing States Biden won have certified their results on time. And the legislative leaders of the GOP states do not appear to be seriously trying to interfere with the nomination of voters.
Trump has called on those state legislative leaders to help him steal the election by appointing constituency voters who are willing to ignore election results in their states and vote for him over Biden.
As Prokop explained, this scheme would be difficult to implement in states where the GOP does not control the legislature, courts, and governor – and is also a system that has been consistently rejected by Republican lawmakers. in swing states like Michigan. Only in GOP lawmakers approved such a plan in Pennsylvania, and there their plans seem poised to be foiled by the Democratic House and the State Governor.
This leaves the lawsuits as the only possibility for the president to overturn the election results. But these prosecutions have become so transparent and in bad faith that national and local authorities are beginning to call the judges to sanction Trump campaign and Republican lawyers.
Legal experts do not rule out the possibility that judges could use financial sanctions to deter future lawsuits, as Trump’s legal efforts in many states involve repeatedly bringing up-to-date and discredited allegations and affidavits to court. , a practice that could be considered abusive. “You could see a court say, ‘Enough is enough,'” Daniel Weiner, deputy director of the electoral reform program at the Brennan Center at New York University, Told ABC News.
Trump’s lawsuits may not be credible, but Republicans don’t care
Despite Biden’s decisive Electoral College victory and dozens of lawsuits failing to gain traction, the majority of Republican lawmakers in Washington have refused to question their legitimacy or recognize Biden’s status as a new president.
This week the Washington Post probe all Republicans in Congress, and found that less than 30 were prepared to recognize Biden’s victory over Trump. Meanwhile, more than 200 Republican members of the House and Senate “just wouldn’t say who won the election.”
Trump responded to the Post’s investigation results angrily and suggested he wanted to retaliate against the small minority of Republicans who admitted losing the election. “I’m surprised there are so many,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “We just started fighting. Please send me a list of the 25 RINOS. RINO is an acronym that means “Republican in name only,” commonly used on the right to criticize a Republican for being insufficiently conservative.
Trump’s protracted legal battles, combined with his weeks-long insistence on Twitter and other platforms that the election was rigged, also had a big effect on public opinion.
For example, a mid-November Economist / YouGov poll found that 89% of Trump voters believe voter fraud affected the election outcome, and a majority think it changed the outcome.
Although Trump’s legal battles revealed no evidence of fraud or widespread misconduct, they did manage to lend credibility to his campaign to convince a large section of the public that the election was stolen. And that could be their most important legacy.