U.S. President Donald Trump is in for another disappointment after a federal appeals court on Friday rejected an attempt by his team to block President-elect Joe Biden from being declared the winner of Pennsylvania.
The court’s appeal has dealt another huge blow to Trump who has been bent on proving that Joe Biden rigged the elections in order to sway the votes in his favour during the election time in November.
“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so,” wrote Stephanos Bibas on behalf of a three-judge panel.
“Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” wrote Bibas, who was nominated by Trump.
The Trump campaign and its supporters have tried and failed to convince judges of election irregularities in Michigan, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada, all critical to Biden’s victory.
“Voters, not lawyers, choose the President. Ballots, not briefs, decide elections,” said the appeals court opinion.
“On to SCOTUS!” wrote Jenna Ellis, a Trump campaign attorney, on Twitter after the ruling, referring to a planned appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. “The activist judicial machinery in Pennsylvania continues to cover up the allegations of massive fraud.”
Pennsylvania certified Biden, who won the state by 80,000 votes, as its winner this week. Under Pennsylvania law, the candidate who wins the popular vote in the state gets all of the state’s 20 electoral votes.
However, Trump, a Republican, has refused to accept the outcome of the elections and will not concede to his Democratic rival as he continues to claim, without evidence, that there was widespread voter fraud.
Donald Trump fails to win over court concerning Pennsylvania vote fraud case
None the less, Trump revealed on Thursday that he would leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for Biden when it meets on Dec. 14, which is already a sign that he may eventually concede to the election results.
On Monday, Trump’s administration eventually cleared Biden’s transition to the White House, giving him and his team access to briefings and funding even as Trump vowed to continue fighting the election results.
Biden won the election 306-232 in electoral votes, including Pennsylvania’s 20. Even if Trump overturned the outcome in Pennsylvania, he would still need to reverse the result in at least two other states to remain as president.
Meanwhile, as time keeps running out, Donald and his supporters continue to wage legal battles left and right since all American states still have until Dec. 8 to resolve all election disputes.
Legal experts have said the cases have no chance of success and maybe aimed at undermining confidence in the election. Polls have shown a majority of Republicans believe Trump won the election and many believe the election was tainted, despite a lack of evidence.
Author: Allan Bangirana
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