The campaign of the outgoing US president, Donald Trump, appealed on Sunday a court decision that had dismissed his most important lawsuit in the key state of Pennsylvania, with the aim of reaching the Supreme Court.
Trump’s team filed an appeal with Pennsylvania’s Third US Court of Appeals, a day after a Pennsylvania federal judge dismissed their lawsuit in a ruling that harshly criticized claims without evidence of Pennsylvania fraud. leader.
Trump had already advanced, in a tweet published at the stroke of midnight on Saturday, that his campaign would appeal the decision, and his lawyers trusted the appeals court to decide quickly on the case in order to reach the Supreme Court “as soon as possible.”
That highest court in the country is composed of a conservative majority of six judges compared to only three progressives, but the Trump campaign will have a difficult time convincing those magistrates that there has been fraud in Pennsylvania, something that has not been done so far. presented convincing evidence.
The lawsuit in question in Pennsylvania seeks to invalidate hundreds of thousands of votes cast by mail, arguing that the ability for voters to correct errors on their ballots in certain counties hurt Trump’s party.
The magistrate who dismissed the lawsuit this Saturday, Conservative Matthew Brann, alleged that the Trump campaign had resorted to “flawed and meritless legal arguments and speculative charges” in its attempt to scrap those votes. “In the United States of America, this cannot justify the removal of the right to vote for a single voter, much less all voters in its sixth most populous state,” Brann wrote.
The decision was a serious setback for the legal strategy of the Trump campaign, which has already lost other cases in Pennsylvania, in addition to Michigan, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona in its complaint without evidence of electoral fraud.
That lawsuit was the last large-scale lawsuit that was active in Pennsylvania, and Brann’s decision implied that Pennsylvania counties have a free hand to certify the result of the elections, for which the deadline is met this Monday, and confirm as well as territory winner to president-elect, Joe Biden.
Without Pennsylvania, it is practically impossible for Trump to reverse the election results, since Biden’s advantage in the Electoral College is such (306 votes compared to 232) that the current president should demonstrate a major fraud in several states to prevail.
Trump has already received two other setbacks this Friday: the first in Georgia, which certified Biden’s victory, and the second in Michigan, where two state lawmakers he invited to the White House said, after the meeting, that they had no information that could change the outcome of elections in your state.
Trump’s team only has until December 8 to develop its legal strategy, because that day all the states should have resolved any dispute and the governor of each territory must send the certified results to Congress.
With information from EFE