A federal appeals court on Friday roundly rejected President Donald Trump’s last remaining legal challenge to Pennsylvania’s election results, calling it ”light on facts” and ”breathtaking” in the presumptuousness of its request to disenfranchise millions of voters in the state.
And yet, once again, Trump’s lawyers tried to spin a victory out of another loss in court, saying the ruling sets up the case for the forum at which they’ve always wanted it to be heard: the U.S. Supreme Court.
Circuit Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee who authored the decision for the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, was less enthusiastic about the merits of their case, starkly noting at one point in his 21-page opinion: “The campaign cannot win this lawsuit.”
Bibas pointed out that despite the campaign’s speculative claims and fiery rhetoric, it never alleged — let alone offered any evidence to suggest — that any vote had been deliberately cast illegally.
“Calling an election unfair does not make it so,” he wrote. “Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.”
Joining him on the appeal were Chief Circuit Judge D. Brooks Smith and Judge Michael A. Chagares, both named to the bench by President George W. Bush.
Despite having the case heard before a panel of Republican presidential appointees, Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis dismissed the trio as part of “the activist judicial machinery in Pennsylvania.”
SOURCE: The Inquirer