IT is official. Unless Donald Trump mounts a coup d’etat which would have to be against himself as President, Joe Biden will absolutely, definitely and without question become the 46th President of the USA on January 20.
Though every news organisation except a couple of right-wing websites has called the election for Biden, there was the possibility that Trump lawsuits might overturn the results in states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Arizona. Yesterday, however, the Trump campaign went to court in Pheonix, Arizona, to drop their case claiming that ballots should be rejected after it became clear that even if some ballots were rejected, it would not be enough to give Trump victory in the state.
The same is true in other states like Georgia – the recount by hand might even net Biden more votes – so even if he were to overturn other states’ results, Biden would still have sufficient electoral collage votes to win.
To further emasculate the Trump campaign, even the USA’s notorious ambulance-chasing legal profession are running a mile from representing Trump in his car crash of an end to his presidency.
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On Thursday night, federal and state election officials, including from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the National Association of Secretaries of State, issued a statement saying: “The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history.”
Despite many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, they found “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”
That definitive statement may have helped provoke several law firms to withdraw from cases they had filed on behalf of Trump.
“The logic is simple” said one legal expert. “If Trump goes into court and claims there was electoral fraud on a large scale, all the election officials have to do is call on the Infrastructure Security Agency and it’s game over for any Trump lawsuit.”
One of the most prominent law firms to bail out was Ohio-based Porter Wright Morris & Arthur which had brought the Trump campaign’s suit claiming that Pennsylvania’s two-tiered voting system was illegal, calling into question millions of votes cast by Pennsylvanian mail-in voters. But the respected firm withdrew before the courts could rule the practice was in accordance with state law.
A memorandum which accompanied the motion to withdraw said that “Plaintiffs and Porter Wright have reached a mutual agreement that Plaintiffs will be best served if Porter Wright withdraws, and current co-counsel and such other counsel as Plaintiffs may choose to engage represent Plaintiffs in this case.”