Trump Loses Election Fraud Cases in Michigan and Pennsylvania

Mish

Trump went down in flames in two court cases as expected by anyone with an ounce of common sense.

Michigan Judge Denies Trump Backers’ Bid to Toss Detroit Votes

Bloomberg reports Michigan Judge Denies Trump Backers’ Bid to Toss Detroit Votes

A Michigan judge rejected a lawsuit by supporters of President Donald Trump seeking to block certification of the election results in Detroit and surrounding Wayne County on the grounds that the counting of ballots there was plagued by widespread fraud.

Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny ruled Friday that the suit failed to show why he should halt the certification or order an audit of the vote tally in Michigan’s largest city, which voted heavily in favor of President-Elect Joe Biden. Major media outlets declared Biden the winner of Michigan and its 16 electoral votes last week, and he leads the vote count by more than 146,000 votes. 

Wayne County provided a large part of that margin, casting 587,074 votes for Biden, compared to 264,149 for Trump, according to the county’s unofficial results.

The Trump campaign has filed a similar lawsuit in federal court in Michigan seeking to halt certification of the state’s results based on allegations of fraud, largely in Wayne County. It is also suing to block certification of the election results in Pennsylvania, likewise alleging fraud in Democratic-leaning cities and counties in that state.

Trump Loses Pennsylvania Appeal Challenging Ballot Receipt Deadline

ZeroHedge reports Trump Loses Pennsylvania Appeal Challenging Ballot Receipt Deadline

The 3rd Circuit upheld a lower court order rejecting a constitutional challenge to PA's extended, post-Election Day deadline for absentee ballots.

"...we do so with commitment to a proposition indisputable in our democratic process: that the lawfully cast vote of every citizen must count."

The Ruling

We do not decide today whether the Deadline Extension or the Presumption of Timeliness are proper exercises of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s lawmaking authority, delegated by the U.S. Constitution, to regulate federal elections. Nor do we evaluate the policy wisdom of those two features of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling. We hold only that when voters cast their ballots under a state’s facially lawful election rule and in accordance with instructions from the state’s election officials, private citizens lack Article III standing to enjoin the counting of those ballots on the grounds that the source of the rule was the wrong state organ or that doing so dilutes their votes or constitutes differential treatment of voters in violation of the Equal Protection Clause. Further, and independent of our holding on standing, we hold that the District Court did not err in denying Plaintiffs’ motion for injunctive relief out of concern for the settled expectations of voters and election officials. We will affirm the District Court’s denial of Plaintiffs’ emergency motion for a TRO or preliminary injunction.

Fast and Expected 

That was both fast and expected. 

Similar challenges await the same fate. 

Trump will appeal, and if there is any bit of further common sense, higher courts will refuse the case. 

Mish

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Mish
Mish

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shamrock
shamrock

Hasn't the plan with these lawsuits always been to have trump and Mcconells hyper-partisan supreme court get the cases and hand trump the election?

One-armed Economist
One-armed Economist

Whiner-in-Chief needs to pack his shi*!

jfpersona1
jfpersona1

I posted the below earlier in a different thread, but I had been thinking about it a bit more and was coming to the conclusion that there may be some method to the 'throw these lawsuits against the court and see what sticks' madness that seems to describe the Trump legal strategy.

Although these losses in the current thread are rather devastating as far as actually getting to overturning/changing the election outcome, that may be secondary to holding on to people's attention. To the true believers, all it takes is one win and then all these losses are just proof that the 'system' is against them.

Even if the win is as dumb as this:

Zardoz
Zardoz

America’s Biggest Loser

Too much BS
Too much BS

Who is going to drag Trump kicking and screaming out of the White House??

Lance Manly
Lance Manly

The whole thing is just an infomercial to support is "Trump Recount Fund" grift. Trump takes the first $5K from the donation and puts into his PAC that he can then use to by Trump stuff and pay Trump family members. Reminds me of the ShamWow.

"On Tuesday, a week after the election, the small print changed: Now, 60 percent of every donation goes to Trump’s new leadership PAC, Save America. Only after a donor gives the $5,000 legal maximum to Save America would any portion of their contribution go to Trump’s recount effort.

The remainder of every check, 40 percent, goes to the RNC, up to the legal maximum of $35,500. Only donors who’ve maxed out to the RNC will have their contributions deposited in the party’s legal and headquarters accounts, each of which can accept contributions of up to $106,500."

Stan877
Stan877

Losing these cases is a prerequisite to US Supreme Court review.

randocalrissian
randocalrissian

It appears Trump has finally gotten sick and tired of winning.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

There is some speculation about Trump giving pardons to his whole grifting family, then resigning and getting Pence to issue him a pardon.

The entire idea that this might be possible is something I find reprehensible and disgusting.

It wouldn’t protect him or them in the NY State cases that are ongoing....but it still stinks, if it were to happen that way.

Sechel
Sechel

4:00 pm press conference. Trump started discussing Biden as the next president but then pulled back

Greggg
Greggg

I was looking forward to an audit of detroit. It's a total cess pool.

JG1170
JG1170

There's no question in my mind that if you remove any ONE of these things:

  • The once-in-a-lifetime ridiculously high turnout (caused buy an extremely well-timed "Covid-19")
  • The never-before-seen ridiculously high number of non-ID verified mail-in ballots (again caused by an extremely well-timed "Covid-19")
  • The MONTHS of the media and their deceptive polling declaring Biden the winner by 10 and 12 points, and Trump's chances "near impossible", jhaving a demoralizing effect and causing undecided voters to pick "the guy who's supposed to win".
  • The unlawful censoring of the Hunter Biden laptop story by social media.
  • The EARLY VOTING that took place BEFORE the Hunter Biden story finally leaked out...
    ...then Trump eeks out an Electoral College victory.

So to me that's why Trump will forever be the winner of this election...due to how slanted it was against him and how much it started off in Biden's favor.

JG1170
JG1170

There's no question in my mind that if you remove any ONE of these things:

  • The once-in-a-lifetime ridiculously high turnout (caused buy an extremely well-timed "Covid-19")
  • The never-before-seen ridiculously high number of non-ID verified mail-in ballots (again caused by an extremely well-timed "Covid-19")
  • The MONTHS of the media and their deceptive polling declaring Biden the winner by 10 and 12 points, and Trump's chances "near impossible", jhaving a demoralizing effect and causing undecided voters to pick "the guy who's supposed to win".
  • The unlawful censoring of the Hunter Biden laptop story by social media.
  • The EARLY VOTING that took place BEFORE the Hunter Biden story finally leaked out...
    ...then Trump eeks out an Electoral College victory.

So to me that's why Trump will forever be the winner of this election...due to how slanted it was against him and how much it started off in Biden's favor.

Sechel
Sechel

Trump just had a devastating loss in the courts which is virtually impossible to recover from. A court refused to grant Trump relief due to the "Purcell principle".

Coming from this conservative panel, and saying that [federal courts] can’t interfere so close to an election, destroys any hope Trump thought he had. He can try to get SCOTUS to flip it, but very tough.”

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

I'm now thinking all of this is just to keep money flowing to Trump entities in some form or fashion. I think it is possible the Trump campaign is just laundering money to the Trump organization using lawyers as the intermediary. Once the Trump campaign runs out of money, the lawyers will leave him. The people who continue to support Trump are the biggest fools around. Even Trump thinks they are fools.

BobSmith
BobSmith

I think SCOTUS will take the case and give Trump a pyrrhic victory by ruling in his favor but there's not enough ballots to change the outcome. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big Trump fan but there's a silver lining in his defeat. A likely GOP Senate and right leaning judiciary will make Biden a lame duck right off the bat. Fair or unfair but anything that goes wrong will be blamed on Biden. The Democrat House majority is thin and will be dodged by infighting. GOP needs only 7 seats to take over which would probably lead to Biden impeachment in 2023.

Sechel
Sechel

@Mish , if your readers aren't familiar with "Purcell" they ought to be. Basically its an election doctrine followed the courts that the time to bring challenges on procedure are before and not during or after. "Purcell" was just cited by a judge in dismissing a Pa suit. This was so damaging that it will probably result in many more of Trump's challenges getting thrown out as well. Neal Katyal has been writing and talking about this in particular.

Carl_R
Carl_R

Another interesting way this could turn out would be for the Supreme Court to agree to hear one of these cases, and then to affirm it. That would be a powerful, powerful statement that they are an independent branch of government, and not a political branch.

Sechel
Sechel

Maureen Dowd compares Trump to silent screen star Norma Desmond. Interestingly enough Trump does say Sunset Boulevard is one of his favorite pictures

Sechel
Sechel

Read the first two words. Rest is superfluous


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