By: Ranya Merchant — National and International News Editor
Trump has unleashed a flurry of campaign lawsuits, looking to disprove Biden’s victory in the election.
On November 7, Joe Biden won the 2020 Presidential Election after gaining the 270 electoral votes needed to take the White House. That same day, Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s lawyer, took to Twitter, stating that the Trump administration was working to fix voter fraud in Pennsylvania. In less than a week after that statement, the Trump campaign has filed nearly two dozen new lawsuits in an attempt to disqualify voting ballots in 5 states—Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
In Pennsylvania, the court has only sided with Trump on a few minor cases that have had little effect on the state’s result. These cases include allowing election observers to stand closer to ballot counters and segregating provisional ballots from voters who submitted deficient mail-in ballots before election day. Aside from these cases, Trump has lost every lawsuit regarding the election, leaving the public to question if Trump will concede to the results.
“Our campaign will prosecute our case in court to ensure that election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated,” said President Trump in a public statement after Biden was projected as the winner. “The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots,” he added.
While referring to alleged wrongful votes, Guiliani says “the only remedy the court has is to just cancel those out. I believe we have amassed more than enough evidence in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, and Georgia, and I believe we’re very close in Nevada.”
Although the Trump Administration has made claims of evidence for voter fraud, many argue that these statements are pure fiction.
“You can’t go to court just because you don’t like the vote totals,” said Ohio State election law professor Ned Foley. “You have to have a legal claim, and you have to have evidence to back it up. And that’s just not there.”
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel told reporters that her office had “debunked every claim” of election fraud that has been brought to her office. “If I ever walked into court with claims this baseless and this frivolous, I would be sanctioned and I would be looking at a loss of licensure,” she said.
Despite this, Guiliani has displayed no intention of stopping legal pursuit, stating in an interview that he was planning on suing “at least eight or nine” additional states. “You’re not going to win every one of these … But in some cases you win, some cases you lose,” he said.
President of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Jessica Post speculated on how far the Trump Administration is willing to go with this battle. “For years some people have been saying—There’s no way they’ll do this or that. President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris won the election. But Republicans are obviously humoring Donald Trump, and I think there’s a question about how far they’ll go with it,” she said.
Even if Trump were to be successful in his ventures, many question if it will make a real difference this late in the game.
“I’m not going to get into a rhetorical battle with the president … but it’s hardly a big win,” said Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro after the court decision that allowed observers in Philadelphia to stand a few feet closer to election workers. “It has no effect on the outcome of this election.”
Republican consultant and former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove says that there is almost no point in Trump’s fight. “The president’s efforts are unlikely to move a single state from Mr. Biden’s column, and certainly they’re not enough to change the final outcome,” he said.