President Donald Trump and his legal team lost another election lawsuit in Wisconsin on Saturday.
In this particular lawsuit, President Trump was asking a federal district court to require the Wisconsin legislature to declare him the winner of Wisconsin in the 2020 presidential election, The Hill reports.
Wisconsin certified its election results on November 30th declaring Democratic nominee Joe Biden the winner by some 20,600 votes.
The man who handed down the decision on Saturday was U.S. District Judge Brett Ludwig. Ludwig has been one of the only judges who has not simply thrown out a Trump election lawsuit for some procedural reason, such as a lack of standing.
Ludwig instead allowed Trump’s legal team to present its case, which it did during a daylong hearing that took place on Thursday. Ludwig, nevertheless, dismissed the president’s lawsuit in a strongly-worded decision stating that the arguments presented “fail as a matter of law and fact.”
The New York Times reports:
In his ruling, Judge Ludwig wrote that Wisconsin’s election officials had followed state law, which clearly says that the state’s electors should be chosen by a popular vote. Even though they instituted changes like allowing drop boxes for absentee ballots and loosening restrictions for certifying ballots, the moves were not illegal, Judge Ludwig wrote, and officials used acceptable ways to implement the law.
Judge Ludwig also noted that the Trump campaign was aware of these changes months before they were put in place and should have sought to challenge them before the election, not after Mr. Trump lost.
According to the Times, Ludwig concluded his decision, with: “In his reply brief, plaintiff ‘asks that the Rule of Law be followed.’ It has been.”
It’s not over
This isn’t the last of President Trump’s election lawsuits. In fact, it is not even his last election lawsuit in Wisconsin.
As Ludwig released his decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court was hearing a separate lawsuit brought by President Trump.
There, the president and his legal team are asking the state’s highest court to toss out hundreds of thousands of ballots from Dane and Milwaukee counties. The president alleges that the state’s election laws regarding absentee ballots have been violated and that, accordingly, the ballots ought not to be counted.
The Electoral College is expected to vote on Monday, naming Biden the winner. These lawsuits are an effort by President Trump to stop that from happening. But, even if he does not succeed, the president has made it clear that he will continue the fight until at least January 6th, the day that Congress will meet to certify the Electoral College votes.
“WE HAVE JUST BEGUN TO FIGHT!!!” the president tweeted on Saturday.