WASHINGTON – A federal judge threw out on Saturday the most important lawsuit of President Donald Trump’s campaign in Pennsylvania, dismissing his claims of irregularities with mail-in ballots.
Judge Matthew Brann’s decision frees up Pennsylvania counties to certify the result of the Nov. 3 election, for which the deadline is Monday, and confirm president-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the battleground state.
The lawsuit sought to invalidate several million votes cast by mail.
“One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption,” Brann wrote. “That has not happened.”
In the scathing ruling, the magistrate added that the Trump campaign had presented “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations ... unsupported by evidence.”
“In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state,” Brann wrote.
The decision marks a deep setback for the legal strategy of the Trump campaign, which has already lost other cases in Pennsylvania, in addition to Michigan, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona.
This lawsuit was the last major lawsuit active in Pennsylvania, and the president’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, personally defended it during a hearing on Tuesday.
Without Pennsylvania, it is practically impossible for Trump to reverse the election results, since Biden’s advantage in the electoral college is such (306 votes compared to 232) that the current president should demonstrate major fraud in several states to prevail.
Trump has received two setbacks on Friday: the first in Georgia, which certified Biden’s victory; and the second in Michigan, where two state legislators that he invited to the White House affirmed, after the meeting, that they had no information that would change the outcome of the election in their state.
Without reversing the result in multiple states, which is extremely unlikely, Trump will not be able to prevent Biden from assuming the presidency on Jan. 20, and ways to achieve this are narrowing with each passing day.
Trump’s team only has until Dec. 8 to exhaust his options, because on that day all states should have resolved any disputes and the governor of each must send the certified results to Congress.