During the president’s re-election campaign, numerous complaints of election fraud or other “suspicious” activity at polling stations were filed.
President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has announced lawsuits designed to prevent votes from being counted in the battlefield states of Michigan and Pennsylvania.
The Commander-in-Chief has also fought against officials in other tight-racing states as well as those called in for his opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden. In addition to demanding that officials stop counting the rust belt ballots, the Trump campaign wants a recount in Wisconsin and has accused several Georgia locations of accepting postal ballots that came in after the inbox.
USA Today reports that the lawsuits were announced shortly before Biden’s likely victory in Michigan – a hotly contested state that Trump barely managed to win in 2016.
Although Michigan still had tens of thousands of ballots to count when the lawsuit was filed, most of the remaining ballots were postal ballots that were expected to lean towards Democratic candidates.
While the Trump campaign no longer requires Michigan to cast ballots, it is demanding that counties be forced to “review” the votes “that were opened and counted while we had no meaningful access.”
President Donald Trump on a video call in 2017. Pictured above: (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead). Public domain.
The campaign follows a similar line of attack in Pennsylvania, with Trump supporters claiming the state’s census suffers from “transparency problems”.
In addition, President Trump himself has threatened that he will call on the Supreme Court to intervene if states do not bow to his will. In Pennsylvania, for example, an extended deadline allows postal ballot papers to be accepted and counted as long as they are postmarked by November 3rd – something Trump believes is illegal.
Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor and the president’s personal attorney, said the campaign’s moves were not intended to “steal” the elections but to ensure the rule of law.
“We will not steal this election,” Giuliani said in a press conference on Wednesday. “This choice is decided by the people.”
However, Trump – and Giuliani – have both declared the presidential election victory in narrow-race states that have not yet been called.
Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager, also said Biden’s wafer-thin win in Wisconsin was untrustworthy.
“Wisconsin was a razor-thin race as we always knew it was,” said Stepien. “There have been reports of anomalies in several Wisconsin counties that cast serious doubts as to the validity of the results.
“The president is on the verge of requesting a recount and we will do so immediately,” he added.
Despite Trump’s insistence that he will be able to keep the White House, Biden appears well positioned to take over the presidency, provided he retains his leadership in several controversial states.
“It is clear that we will win enough states to win 270 votes,” said Biden earlier this week. “I’m not here to explain that we won. But I’ll be here to report when the count is complete. We believe we will be the winners. “
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