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Down in the count

The president’s legal team continues to fight for his reelection


Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington on Thursday Associated Press/Photo by Jacquelyn Martin

Down in the count

Although his numerous legal fights have unveiled some tabulation mistakes and won small victories, President Donald Trump’s war to overturn Joe Biden’s lead in the vote count is running out of time and options.

“AND I WON THE ELECTION. VOTER FRAUD ALL OVER THE COUNTRY!” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning before making a series of allegations later that day.

His attorney, Rudy Giuliani, appeared in federal court on Tuesday to defend the Trump campaign’s lawsuit against Pennsylvania, demanding the state stop the certification of votes. He cited the inconsistent practice of curing, or sending ballots with errors back to voters for correction, as one reason for blocking certification. But Giuliani also complained of issues across the country.

“The best description of this situation is widespread, nationwide voter fraud, of which this is a part,” he said. Lawyers representing Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat, called on U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann to toss out the Trump campaign’s claims. They referred to Giuliani’s concerns as “garden-variety irregularities” and said state courts should handle the issue, not a federal court. Brann must rule before Tuesday, the deadline for election certification in Pennsylvania.

In Wisconsin, Trump officially filed a request for a recount on Wednesday in the state’s two most populous counties, Milwaukee and Dane, where Biden won by large margins. The former vice president leads in Wisconsin by just 0.6 percentage points. Trump would have to overcome a 21,000-vote deficit to win the state.

An audit found significant problems in Georgia, where two counties discovered more than 5,000 uncounted votes, a majority of which went to Trump. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, wrapped up a hand count of the state’s ballots Wednesday night and threatened an official with firing over the missing ballots. The count cut Biden’s lead from 14,000 votes to about 12,800, well within the margin for an official state-funded recount.

The Associated Press has not called the Peach State for either candidate. If Trump overtook Biden there, he would still need to earn at least 21 more electoral votes—by AP’s count—to win reelection. Wisconsin’s 10 votes would not be enough, nor would Pennsylvania’s 20 unless the president somehow flipped both states.

Trump’s supporters claim, along with their candidate, that voter fraud was widespread and systematic. Trump attorney Sidney Powell said at a news conference on Thursday she would prove the president won by a landslide.

“We’re getting ready to overturn election results in multiple states,” she said earlier in the week.

Republicans have split on how to respond to the allegations. Moderates such as Utah Sen. Mitt Romney and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski have called Biden the president-elect, and former presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida did so Monday, NPR reported. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Trump had the right to challenge the election results, but he acknowledged the possibility of a Biden win Tuesday.

“We’re going to have an orderly transfer from this administration to the next one,” he said.

Trump’s staunchest supporters in Congress have backed off from making many claims about the election, but his friends away from Capitol Hill are holding out hope. Steve Bannon, former White House strategist, told Eric Bolling on America this Week that if the president’s legal proceedings delay enough states from certifying election results by Dec. 14, Electoral College members from those states might not be able to cast their votes, and Biden could fall short of the 270 votes needed to win the presidency. If that happened, the House would decide by state delegation, which favors the Republicans. But Trump needs more court victories resulting in significant delays to have any shot at pulling off that last chance.


Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va.

@kylezim25

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Tim Miller

Cyborg3, I voted for the current city clerk because the former one did appear to be corrupt. Hillary did not get 97% of the vote in Detroit in 2016; third parties got a significant amount, too. But, yes, Trump only got 3% of the Detroit vote in 2016. I have not seen evidence the Detroit vote was rigged.

Hawkdriver

100% agree.  

Salty1

Tim, you keep spouting out the liberal propaganda. Why is that? Are you telling me that only 3 out of 100 voted for Trump in 2016 in this district? Or was there voter fraud going on in 2016 too?  Now in 2020 Trump only gets 5 out of a hundred when in other areas Trump is getting a much higher percentage of Hispanics and blacks. Did the Democrats grow scared as Trump was getting 8-9% of the vote and they whipped into gear to remove Trump ballots and add Biden ones? Aren't you at all curious why Trump ballots go mysteriously missing and Biden ballots magically appear? You seem to be lying about their being no evidence when I keep showing you it.  Why is that? What we are seeing is the visible portion of the iceberg, with much more voter fraud yet to be identified underneath the waters! 

WRIC5018

Kyle - I just watched the entire press conference. I am surprised your article does not cover some of the significant evidence presented during the press conference, including precincts with significant overvotes, numerous affidavits from eyewitnesses of vote tampering, systematic suppression of vote counting oversight, improbable swings in the vote tally, and serious questions about the voting machines and software used. I think World owes its readers a more serious analysis of the evidence.

Gregory P

If there has been election fraud, and mishandling, and there is much evidence that there has (evidence awaiting proof), then Trump as candidate has rights to pursue legal means to achieve victory, but beyond that as President, Trump has sworn to execute the office of President of the United States and to the best of hhis ability, "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”  Election fraud is an assault on the Constitution and the Republic and its people.  Even he were to know he was going to lose, he should pursue evident election fraud and seek to ensure future elections will be fair and votes will be counted rightly.   

Tim Miller

Cyborg3, you just said, "If we cannot trust our election system, it's time for revolution."

THIS is why what Giuliani and Powell and Trump are doing is so dangerous. I know other conservative Christians, like you, who are so fed up they're talking revolution and civil war. This is horrendously dangerous, especially based on a lie. 

 

Salty1

Tim, the affidavits were not garbage. You are just regurgitating the dishonest press! Here is evidence by a Democrat showing how the training of election workers was training them how to cheat!

Here is part of Giuliani's press conference:

 

So, that takes us to Michigan where there was an honest Democrat who said they were cheating. And we’ll show you her affidavit because I know you keep reporting falsely that we have no evidence, that we have no specific acts of fraud. That’s because the coverage of this has been almost as dishonest as the scheme itself. The American people are entitled to know this. You don’t have a right to keep it from them. You don’t have a right to lie about it. And you are. I mean, you don’t report to them that a citizen of this country, a very fine woman who was willing to allow me to give you her name. I can’t give you all these affidavits. Because, if I do, these people will be harassed. They’ll be threatened. They may lose their job. They will lose their friends. We’ve lost lawyers in this case because they’ve been threatened. We’ve had lawyers that need protection. What’s going on in this country is horrible. And the censorship that you’re imposing is making it worse.

Rudy Giuliani: (15:18)
But Jesse Jacob is an adult citizen and a resident of the state of Michigan. She’s been an employee of the City of Detroit for decades. I know her age, but she can tell you her age. She was assigned to voting duties in September, and she was trained by the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan. She was basically trained to cheat. She said that I was instructed by my supervisor to adjust the mailing date of these absentee ballot packages to be dated earlier than when they were actually sent in. The supervisor made that announcement for all workers to engage in that fraudulent practice. That’s not me saying that. That’s this American citizens saying that under oath.

Rudy Giuliani: (16:14)
I don’t know. Maybe you could say she’s lying, but you can’t say there’s no evidence. This is what we call evidence. This is direct evidence not circumstantial. I tried many, many cases, as did all my colleagues here. You put a witness on a witness stand, the witness is testifying to their own knowledge. This witness goes on the witness stand and she will say, “I was told to adjust the date on the absentee ballots. I witnessed election workers and employees going over to the voting booth with voters in order to watch them vote and coach them for whom to vote.” Completely illegal. She will testify to that. I don’t know. Biden’s people can cross examine her, but you can’t just throw it away. Gee, there’s no evidence. Next time you say that you’ll be lying because there is evidence. By the way, this is public. You can all get it. It’s attached to the complaint in Constantino vs. the City of Detroit.

Salty1

Tim, you read all the propaganda and eat it up. We have evidence of widespread voter corruption and you ignore it just like your sources do. The coronavirus was used as an excuse to change our voting system enabling gross voter fraud. Specifically, the Republican and Independent poll watchers weren't allowed close enough to see what was going on. If the bar is set so that they have to show enough votes to overturn the election before the courts will allow the results to be contested, then it is impossible task: they were never allowed to view the election ballots and voting process close enough to provide fair adjudication. We have enough evidence of ballots being "lost", recounted many times, people changing ballots, and so many other irregularities that this election is a forgery and fraud. The Democrats have been working for years to take away the protections so our election process is ripe for stealing elections- just like what is happening today.  If we cannot trust our elections then it is time for revolution so the judges had better listen and ensure the election was fair!

Tim Miller

Ken, the affadavits are mostly garbage by untrained election observers who did not understand what was going on, and did not challenge suspected improprieties during the process.

Powerline Blog pointed out that one affadavit, supposedly with evidence of Dominion tampering, used Minnesota precincts as examples when it was talking about Michigan. 

The Trump campaign and its surrogates keep losing in court, but they're trying to poison confidence in the electoral system so they can profit off of it later. 

KenTanner

The evidence is there in the affidavits within the court cases. You speak as one who didn’t listen to the news conference? 

KenTanner

Kyle, You missed the most important points of the news conference. Please go back and once more and listen to the entire conference and report on those points that were emphasized over and over again. Please be fair to the news conference.  - Ken

Tim Miller

The press conference wasn't significant at all. They repeated their same spurious claims, without evidence, and without following up in court.

Let me know when they have claims of major election fraud they're willing to put forward in a court of law. Until then, it's smoke and mirrors.

Hawkdriver

Watch the press conference yourselves.   This article doesn't cover it nor does Fox beyond a spinned version.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akqeL9AtJYI

Especially the last 10min.  If this is true in any part it is absolute treason.  I just finished serving 23 years in our military some of it in military intel and the last bit in cybersecurity.  Please watch the live press conference and form your own opinion.