Donald Trump's legal team has lost over 50 election challenges, says top Democratic lawyer Mark Elias
None of the 3 judges that Trump himself has appointed failed to find any merit in the case, and the one-line rejection read, 'The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is denied'
President Donald Trump and his staunch loyalists have not given up the hope of turning around the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election. Even as the ‘safe harbor’ deadline appeared on Wednesday, December 8, the incumbent president and his aides have not given up the effort to release the “Kraken” but statistics have shown that the entire episode has been nothing but filled with humiliation for the president and his elite legal team.
According to Mark Elias, a top election attorney on the side of the Democratic Party who has kept an account of the post-election legal battles, Trump and his allies have now tasted defeat in 51 cases and it was only in a minor case that they tasted success.
📅Day 36— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) December 9, 2020
⏰67 Post-Election Cases.
🇺🇸 9 Total States.
⚖️20 Active Cases.
According to a report in Vice News, the disappointing outcomes showed “how meritless” the president’s attacks on the election have been and how slim are the chances of him turning around the tables in any of the states that have been taken by Joe Biden in this election. The Trump camp was elated after Texas’s Attorney General Ken Paxton sued four battleground states over their election results but experts have dismissed chances of the results going in favor of the president, eventually.
For Trump’s legal warriors, this will be a colossal blow. While Rudy Giuliani has waged a relentless battle, Jenna Ellis promised an “elite strike force team”. Sidney Powell, a former member of the team, called her litigation “releasing the Kraken” – a reference to a mythical sea monster unleashed by Zeus in the 1981 fantasy film “Clash of the Titans.” Despite the tall claims, the end results have been disappointing for Trump.
SCOTUS rejects Trump team plea on Pennsylvania
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court rejected a plea from the president’s allies to reverse the election results in Pennsylvania, a key state that Trump lost. The order, which was issued by Justice Samuel Alito, had no dissent – even from the court’s conservative-heavy bench. None of the three judges that Trump himself has appointed failed to find any merit in the case. “The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is denied,” read the one-line rejection.
Similarly, the president’s bid to get a second term hit a wall in states like Nevada and Arizona where the state supreme courts rejected any effort to turn the results around. In Georgia, a judge refused to entertain a lawsuit that tried to make the state’s GOP governor and secretary of state decertify the election results.
With the Electoral College (EC) set to officially vote to confirm Biden’s election victory official, Trump now is in real danger of running out of all options. Wisconsin is the sole state that missed the ‘safe harbor’ deadline because of an ongoing lawsuit but it is also expected to have it cleared by the time the EC votes.
A few House GOP members have threatened that they will resist confirming the EC vote when the Congress meets to confirm the results of the November 3 election early next month. However, most legal experts feel that would also be a futile effort since enough states have already met the "safe harbor" deadline and they will not have much of a legal stand to do so.
However, the failure of Trump’s bid to get a legal remedy doesn’t mean that he will quit easily. In the court of public opinion or particularly among his supporters, Trump is still as popular. A new poll conducted by Daily Kos, a liberal website, released on Wednesday showed that only 13 percent of Republicans believed that the election was “conducted fairly” while 18 percent accepted the results.