President Donald Trump and his lawyers have made crystal clear that they have no interest in backing down in their fight to expose what they allege was widespread voter and ballot fraud in the 2020 election.
According to Fox News, on the heels of a Wisconsin recount that only served to benefit former Vice President Joe Biden, the president doubled down on his commitment to the fight, insisting in a fury-filled tweet that votes were counted illegally in the “Rust Belt” state and that his lawyers would bring lawsuits there at the beginning of the coming week.
“The Wisconsin recount is not about finding mistakes in the count, it is about finding people who have voted illegally, and that case will be brought after the recount is over, on Monday or Tuesday,” the president wrote Saturday. “We have found many illegal votes. Stay tuned!”
The recount blues
Earlier this month, the president’s campaign decided to move forward with paying some $3 million to the state of Wisconsin to initiate a partial recount in several targeted areas where the campaign believes higher levels of fraud took place, Fox reported.
Unfortunately, those recounts seem to have made little difference. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Sunday that Dane County had wrapped up its recount by concluding a solid win for Biden there.
The Trump campaign is also receiving bad news out of Milwaukee County, where the recount resulted in Biden picking up an extra 132 votes, according to Fox.
As it stands, Biden has won the state of Wisconsin — which Trump won in the 2016 election — by approximately 20,600 votes, Fox reports. The state was widely considered a must-win by political analysts, as it forms part of the “Rust Belt” that can provide a candidate an easier path to victory in the Electoral College.
What comes next?
Still, it would be a mistake to assume that the Trump campaign paid $3 million for a recount and didn’t have a plan for the aftermath.
The deadline to certify the votes in Wisconsin is Tuesday, but according to the Associated Press, a conservative group known as the Wisconsin Voters Alliance filed a lawsuit earlier this week to put an immediate stop to the state’s vote certification.
Similar to what’s currently happening in Pennsylvania, the group’s lawsuit seeks to not only invalidate tens of thousands of votes, but also to give the Republican legislature the power to name presidential electors to the Electoral College in December.
There’s already been fierce pushback from the Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, who said earlier this week that “[t]he litigation filed this afternoon seeks to disenfranchise every Wisconsinite who voted in this year’s presidential election,” the AP reported.
But while Kaul and other Democrats have continued to push the narrative that the 2020 presidential race has been decided, it’s quite clear that, according to those on Trump’s side, the battle to prove that the election was stolen is far from over.