Mainstream media outlets including the Associated Press called the presidential race for Democrat Joe Biden on Saturday, but that hasn’t stopped President Donald Trump from pursuing a number of legal challenges against what he and his allies claim are major irregularities with the vote count, including in states like Pennsylvania.
In a report published Wednesday, the Washington Examiner‘s W. James Antle III broke down the allegations of voter fraud lodged by President Trump and his campaign team since Election Day in the Keystone State, and exposed what the campaign says they have as proof.
Antle noted that Pennsylvania “is not the only state where Trump is contesting the results,” but “without Pennsylvania, he has no viable path to a majority in the Electoral College,” the Examiner reporter wrote of the president.
With that in mind, and 20 electoral votes at stake, the Trump camp isn’t backing down without a hefty fight in the courts.
“A professional place for voter fraud”
According to Antle, among the allegations put forth by Trump’s team are claims that there were “issues with how the commonwealth conducted the 2020 election, alleging voter fraud, a two-tiered system for mail-in and in-person voting, a lack of meaningful access for Republican poll watchers, and the acceptance of ballots after Election Day in violation of Pennsylvania election law.”
In its latest lawsuit, Antle explained, the president’s lawyers assert that Republican poll watchers were prevented from monitoring the vote count, in contravention of state law.
“Democrat-majority counties provided political parties and candidates, including the Trump Campaign, no meaningful access or actual opportunity to review and assess mail-in ballots during the pre-canvassing meetings,” the suit claims, according to Antle.
Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said at a press conference in Philadelphia last week that as many as 60 poll watchers could come forward to testify about their experiences.
“The people you see behind me are just a few of about, I’d say 50 to 60 poll watchers, who will all testify that they were uniformly deprived of their right to inspect any single part of the mail-in ballots,” he said, according to Antle. “Philadelphia is a professional place for voter fraud,” Giuliani added.
A challenge in the courts
Meanwhile, President Trump also remains embroiled in a fight in the Keystone State to stop ballots received after polls closed on Nov. 3 from being counted. Pennsylvania’s secretary of State said Tuesday that some 10,000 ballots were received after polls closed, but before a new deadline set by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that allowed ballots received through 5 p.m. Friday to be considered valid, according to a separate report from the Examiner.
The president’s team maintains that the state Supreme Court had no grounds for making such a move and has turned to the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the decision. While the nation’s highest court declined to hear the case previously, Justice Samuel Alito issued an order requiring that all late-arriving ballots be set aside pending further rulings, Fox News noted.
Some 10 Republican state attorney generals have since filed amicus briefs in support of the Trump campaign’s challenge, according to National Review. But only time will tell if their efforts to crack down on alleged voter fraud will ultimately prove successful.