In the wake of the 2020 election, President Donald Trump’s legal team has taken to the courts to prove their allegations of voter fraud, but they’ve been hitting some roadblocks. According to ABC News, a federal district judge in Pennsylvania has dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign and two voters whose ballots had been rejected.
There may be a silver lining, however: according to Breitbart, the president’s lawyers said Saturday that the judge’s decision only serves to hasten their ultimate goal of reaching the U.S. Supreme Court with their claims.
First, however, the attorneys will have to make their case in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) November 22, 2020
The case that was dismissed Saturday involved the “curing” of defective mail-in ballots, a practice instituted by Pennsylvania’s secretary of State but that was not authorized by the legislature or state statute.
Trump’s legal team had argued that the practice was not equally applied across all counties in the commonwealth, meaning Pennsylvanians didn’t enjoy “equal protection” under the law, as they are guaranteed, according to Breitbart.
The judge, appointed by former President Barack Obama in 2012, disagreed with that and other arguments put forward by the plaintiffs, however, and dismissed the suit in a scathing decision that has been cheered by Democrats and their allies in the media.
Without really giving them the chance to argue the merits of the case, District Judge Matthew Brann determined that what the plaintiffs actually sought, by way of seeking to temporarily block the state’s certification of the election results, was for “this Court to disenfranchise almost seven million voters.”
“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, such that this Court would have no option but to regrettably grant the proposed injunctive relief despite the impact it would have on such a large group of citizens,” the judge wrote, according to Breitbart. “That has not happened.”
Moving on up
But rather than get angry at the judge’s caustic ruling, Trump campaign attorneys Jenna Ellis and Rudy Giuliani expressed optimism, saying in a statement that the decision will “help us in our strategy to get expeditiously to the U.S. Supreme Court.”
“Although we fully disagree with this opinion, we’re thankful to the Obama-appointed judge for making this anticipated decision quickly, rather than simply trying to run out the clock,” the pair said.
“We hope that the Third Circuit will be as gracious as Judge Brann in deciding our appeal one way or the other as expeditiously as possible,” the attorneys added. “This is another case that appears to be moving quickly to the United States Supreme Court.”