'Without merit' — Trump loses court case that sought to block Biden's Pennsylvania win
The judge's scathing decision is a crippling blow to Trump's extremely long-shot bid to invalidate enough ballots in multiple states to reverse Biden's victory
"This Court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by the evidence," Judge Matthew Brann wrote.President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Detroit, Michigan.
Jonathan Ernst | ReutersA federal judge in Pennsylvania on Saturday rejected a legal effort by President Donald Trump's campaign to block millions of votes in the state, the certification of which is expected to confirm a win for President-elect Joe Biden.
The judge's scathing decision is a crippling blow to Trump's already extremely long-shot bid to invalidate enough ballots in multiple states to reverse Biden's victory in the national presidential election.The Trump campaign and its allies now have lost or withdrawn more than 30 lawsuits that were part of that effort.
U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann, in his written decision granting a request to dismiss the Pennsylvania lawsuit, said that the campaign's lawyers, led by former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, had failed to present "compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption" in their unprecedented bid to invalidate millions of ballots.
"Instead, this Court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by the evidence," Brann fumed."In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state. Our people, laws, and institutions demand more."
At one point, the judge compared the lawsuit's claim that voters had been denied equal protection in how their ballots were counted to "Frankstein's Monster," since it was "haphazardly stitched together" from two separate theories in an effort to avoid having them separately dimissed because of legal precedent.
Brann's ruling came four days after Giuliani, arguing in a courtroom for the first time in decades as the president's personal lawyer, claimed without evidence that Trump had been the victim of "widespread national voter fraud."Mark Aronchick, an attorney for some of the county election boards whose votes were being questioned in the Trump campaign's lawsuit, accused Giuliani of talking about "some fantasy world."
"This just is disgraceful!" Aronchick said of Giuliani's arguments during the hearing.Brann seemed to say as much in his ruling."Plaintiffs ask this Court to disenfranchise almost seven million voters," the judge noted."This Court has been unable to find any case in which a plaintiff has sought such a drastic remedy in the contest of an election, in terms of the sheer volume of votes asked to be invalidated," Brann wrote.
"One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption, such that this Court would have no option but to regrettably grant the proposed injunctive relief despite the impact it would have on such a large group of citizens.
"That has not happened."Biden is currently projected to win 306 votes in the Electoral College. Trump has refused to concede the contest as he, Giuliani and other Trump surrogates falsely claim he won the election. Read more: CNBC »
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for those who don't understand why Trump not conceding... the guy is being under a lot of investigation and he hopped to have four years of presidency to protect himself and expected he would die in the position to get away with his crime He better go plot out his next move ... on the golf course. It’s all over red rover
He was right about one thing. I am kinda getting tired of winning/watching him get owned time and time again. He should just concede and keep the last iota of dignity has left. He’s going to the Supreme Court I'm not sure why they even waste time doing the recount. It's so obvious he's just a bad and bitter looser. What a terrible way to end his presidency. At least he will be remembered as the lunatic president of US. 😅🤣🤣🤣
Which just goes to show how unsuited they are as ambassadors for democracy. It was well expected! Be a real businessman like Trump! Dismissed WithPrejudice ! Loser45 No one is suing his campaign for his megaspreader events in PA late September? MAGA2020 magaisdead he has a curse All of the weak cases he has lost were dismissed with prejudice, which means Trump's lawyers are NOT allowed to file the case again and it ends the legal action entirely. All of his false claims have no merit. In legalese the judges politely told his lawyers to fuck off.
Trump us without merit. Where is Barr and pompeo? Ivanka and Jared. They can stop this nonsense. 58 days to this loser goes away like a nightmare. Let's go forward. But he needs to pay for his crimes, as he no longer will have the ridiculous memorandum allowing to defer justice after he no longer has the fake vale of the presidency.
Poor baby spending our money & losing another. At his age you would think he would learn. He won the World Cup believe anything you post This is how democracy dies, Not through violence, But a president’s lies. I PLEDGE MY ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO THE CONSTITUTION IN WHICH IT STANDS FREEDOM LIBERTY,JUSTICE FOR ALL I PLEDGE MY HONOR FOR LIFES LOST FOR MY RIGHTS I PLEDGE OF NO ALLEGIANCE TO ONE PERSON POLITICAL PARTY OR RELIGION WHO WOULD DENY ME MY RIGHTS
realDonaldTrump & his enablers are a strained legal argument without merit. Without their guns, they’re insignificant. The GBI_GA & FBI should be running their facial scans through all the databases. That's why The Supreme Court is taking over Of course he did and he his hurting the Country! Trump supporters be like...
Historic Dem9cratic Push It's a reality check to Trump's salacious lies. There is no such thing as a 'crippling blow' to white collar crime sprees. He would have been better off conceding like a respectable human. Obama appointed judge? Move on nothing to see here. THROW TRUMP OUT!!! His whole presidency has been “without merit”. He’s a sad, failed soul.
Thar is why we must follow the court rulings. Don't listen to TV lawyers or so called law experts in right wing biased networks. Include left too. In court, all complaints must be strongly backed with evidence. Can trump campaign now move upwards to the supreme courts? Meanwhile... Trump is a loser Trump is a loser Trump is a loser Trump is a loser
The Pennsylvania court is corrupted. Trump will win in the Supreme Court. Justice prevails! I can't imagine how the left would react if this was appealed and over turned in the Supreme Court Trump is “without merit” in so many ways. DON'T WORRY I’M GOING TO STEAL ELECTORAL VOTES FROM BIDEN WHILE NO ONE'S PAYING ATTENTION! I'll have reps from Michigan lie to keep media off our backs. Everyone will be distracted by tweets & fake news like Don jr.'s Covid. It'll be too late for them to stop the switch.
Resurrection of America! Democrats stop spreading coronavirus and demonic attacks on earth name of Jesus! Pls nothing to see here.. keep moving along....!!!! Without Merit! Really kinda sums it all up! “With prejudice” = he cannot re-file 🥳 Obama appointed hack judge An Obama appointed judge ... don’t forget that in the headline
Thank you for all you have done! Glad to hear that Obama Judge says what? Onward Wow, I’m shocked. He had that dream legal team. Ha. Pathetic. Rudy and the two idiots are a joke. This guy can’t get enough L’s. Republicans are lost, without a leader and without purpose. Now is a time when we will bring them to our side. Race war is inevitable. History demands it.