Judges, generally sober, are generally not prone to snark, sarcasm or outbursts of emotion in their orders.
But in the nearly three dozen lawsuits challenging the 2020 election that the Trump campaign and his proxies have lost or withdrawn in recent weeks, a number of judges have lost patience.
Here are some scathing excerpts from their decisions:
“Perhaps the complainants are correct that guards should be placed near drop boxes, signature analysis experts should examine every mail-in ballot, which poll observers should be able to see. manage any polling station regardless of location, and further security improvements should be made. But the job of an unelected federal judge is not to suggest electoral improvements, especially when those improvements contradict the reasoned judgment of democratically elected officials.
“In other words, federal judges can have a lot of power – especially when issuing injunctions. And sometimes we can even have a good idea or two. But the Constitution defines our sphere of decision-making, and that sphere does not extend to questioning and interfering with the reasonable and non-discriminatory electoral rules of a state.
Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, rejecting the Trump campaign’s attempt to prevent Pennsylvania counties from using the ballot boxes and counting missing ballots that were not in a “secret” envelope.
“This claim, like Frankenstein’s monster, was put together at random… This court was presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, not substantiated in the operational complaint and not supported by evidence. In the United States of America, this cannot justify the deprivation of the right to vote of just one voter, let alone all voters in its sixth most populous state. Our people, our laws and our institutions demand more. “
Judge Matthew W. Brann of the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, rejecting the Trump campaign’s attempt to block certification of the Pennsylvania election result. (The state certified its results on Tuesday.)