A federal judge in the US state of Pennsylvania on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit recently filed by President Donald Trump’s campaign team to influence the election results in their favor. Trump’s attorneys allege widespread voting fraud, but Judge Matthew Brann said insufficient evidence has been provided.
The judge argues that, based on the evidence provided, there is insufficient reason to believe that the November 3 election, which Trump lost to his Democratic opponent Joe Biden, was committed fraud.
With the lawsuit, Trump’s campaign team hoped to dissuade the state election commission from declaring Biden the final winner in the state. The argument was that some counties would have falsely allowed voters to correct errors on their e-mail votes.
The lawsuit is one of dozens of Trump and his Republican allies filed in the aftermath of the election. The Republicans have provided no evidence for their claims of widespread and coordinated electoral fraud.
These lawsuits do not want to go very smoothly yet. Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, announced on Thursday that he was calling off a lawsuit in Michigan.
Requesting recounts is also part of the strategy
Another strategy of the Republican camp is to have results declared invalid or changed by recounts. This also does not seem to help Trump for the time being. It turned out Thursday after a recount in the US state of Georgia that Biden is still the winner.
Requesting a recount costs a lot of money. Trump’s team therefore focuses on specific counties and not entire states. While the Georgia recount reduced the difference between Biden and the current US president (from about 14,000 to 12,284 votes), it made no difference to the final result.
Trump allies tell various US media outlets, including AP, that the president’s goal is not to change the election results. He wants to keep his loyal supporters motivated and energized, they say, so that they will support him on his next project after his presidency.
Trump has hinted at the start of his own digital news medium and another shot at the White House in 2024.