The move by the Trump legal team over the weekend to distance themselves from Attorney Sidney Powell in order to discard the November 3 election results is a major blow to the president’s attempt to win a second term.
Powell, whose 2014 book “License to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Justice Department” along with her work as an attorney for former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn made her a Conservative favorite. But their claims that Chinese communists, voting machines that were once used to reverse Venezuelan elections, and foreign money were behind Trump’s defeat are as unreliable as Senator Joseph McCarthy’s claim in the 1950s that communists infiltrated the State Department.
Last Saturday, US District Judge Matthew Brann dismissed a lawsuit that sought to reject some of Pennsylvania’s votes for Joe Biden, calling the effort “a Frankenstein monster.” The lawsuit, reported by Reuters, alleged inconsistent handling of postal ballot papers by county election officials. Some districts told voters that they could fix minor flaws such as a lack of “secrecy envelopes,” while others did not.
The President’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, tore victory from the jaws of defeat: “Today’s decision helps us with our strategy of getting to the US Supreme Court quickly.”
The 3rd US Court of Appeals in Philadelphia is asked to review the verdict quickly. Giuliani hopes the Republican-dominated county court (which includes four judges named by President Trump) will overturn the lower court’s decision.
Powell said she kept evidence of electoral fraud secret for fear of retaliation against the more than 200 election officials and election observers who she claims had witnessed election rigging. She says some of them may need witness protection. Coupled with allegations of communist interference, it became too bizarre even for a Trump campaign that has often displayed bizarre behavior.
There have been numerous election fraud charges over the years, none of which have been substantiated. Lyndon Johnson was believed to have stolen a seat in the Texas Senate in 1948. LBJ first ran for the Senate in 1941. He lost by 1,311 votes and blamed electoral fraud for his defeat. In 1948, Johnson ran again. On election night in the Democratic runoff to former Texas Governor Coke Stevenson, LBJ appeared to have lost.
Then a box with countless ballot papers was “discovered” like a wizard’s hat in the southern Texas city of Alice. By the end of that week, LBJ had “won” with 87 votes and earned him the title of “Landslide Lyndon”. Each side accused the other of voting fraud.
The 1960 presidential race between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy was another contest that alleged electoral fraud. Out of 68 million ballots cast (roughly half of the votes in the Trump Biden race), Kennedy won with just 112,803 votes. The controversy arose over the Chicago Mafia and the city’s corrupt mayor, Richard J. Daley. They have been accused of providing the necessary number of votes for Kennedy to get his way in Cook County, and therefore the entire state and nation.
Then there was the 2006 Senate of Minnesota race between incumbent Norm Coleman and comedian Al Franken, which Franken “won” after numerous voting reports that ended when Franken received enough votes to be declared the winner. Franken’s lead was 312 votes. Election fraud was again alleged.
The recent elections offer President Trump a much higher mountain. His lawyers promise to reveal their evidence of election fraud this week. We’ll see soon if it’s credible and if new judges are convinced.
When asked, will the Supreme Court intervene, as it did in a case with only a few hundred votes in Florida in the 2000 presidential contest, and rule again? I am in doubt, but anything seems possible in this strange and unpredictable year.
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