The dismissal of the complaint just two days before Pennsylvania was due to certify its vote and assign its 20 voters to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. was simply the latest of more than 30 legal losses that the Trump campaign and other plaintiffs Republicans have suffered. suffered since polling day.
In a rambling press conference Thursday that mixed up misleading statements, conspiracy theories and outright fabrications, Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s personal attorney, pledged more integrity-damaging lawsuits elections and proving “massive fraud”, but at least so far. , these lawsuits were not filed.
The action before Judge Brann was particularly troubled by legal challenges.
A week after its filing, the Trump campaign was already on its third group of lawyers. On Tuesday, Mr Giuliani, rushing into the case, personally appeared at a hearing in Federal District Court in Williamsport, Pa., And gave a rambling opening statement that mentioned Mickey Mouse, former Mayor Richard Mr. Daley from Chicago and the Philadelphia Mafia. .
In court documents filed on Saturday, he misspelled Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s name.
Even though Mr. Giuliani began his presentation at the court hearing accusing the Democratic Party of committing “national fraud” in Pennsylvania and at least nine other states, when questioned by Judge Brann, he quickly made it through back and admitted that he was not making such allegations in this case.
“This is not a case of fraud,” he said.
In his 37-page order, Judge Brann systematically dismantled the arguments of the Trump campaign and those presented by the other two plaintiffs of the lawsuit, Republican voters who claimed their mail-in ballots had not been counted. .
Given the almost complete lack of evidence provided by the Trump campaign, Judge Brann seemed in disbelief that he was being asked to reject the results of the entire state election.
“In the United States of America, that cannot justify the denial of the right to vote of just one voter, let alone all voters in its sixth most populous state,” he wrote. “Our people, our laws and our institutions demand more.”