THE NEW GILDED AGE (Part 2)
THE NEW GILDED AGE (Part 2)
07th November, 2020 0
Despite ongoing lawsuits, recounts, and no state certifications, Joe Biden was declared president-elect by the mainstream media outlets, so now the battleground in the Presidential Election of 2020 turns to the courts. While ‘declaring victory’ was abhorrent just 24-hours ago with so much controversy surrounding the election, President Trump and his campaign team reminded Americans that ‘legal votes decide who is president.’’
As Constitutional lawyer Jenna Ellis put it: “Joe Biden is not the president-elect just because the media declares him so. There is no official winner until every legal vote is counted accurately, the states certify results, and all legal challenges are resolved.
In actuality, the official dates that matter are the following:
• December 8: States are expected to resolve controversies at least six days before the meeting of electors.
• December 14: Electors meet in respective states to certify their votes for President.
Here’s where things stand with the electoral college:
CNN was the first to make the call projecting Pennsylvania, and therefore the presidency, for Biden. Within minutes, decision desks at ABC, NBC, CBS and the Associated Press also determined Biden had won Pennsylvania, pushing him above the 270 electoral votes to win the White House. The calls came moments after the release of a fresh batch of roughly 2,800 ballots from Philadelphia that were overwhelmingly for Biden. Several minutes later, the Fox News decision desk joined in, also projecting that Biden would win Nevada. President Trump subsequently released a statement, saying the election is far from over and claiming that beginning Monday the campaign battleground will turn to the courts.
Statement from President Donald J. Trump:
"We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don't want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor. In Pennsylvania, for example, our legal observers were not permitted meaningful access to watch the counting process. Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.
"Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated. The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots. This is the only way to ensure the public has full confidence in our election. It remains shocking that the Biden campaign refuses to agree with this basic principle and wants ballots counted even if they are fraudulent, manufactured, or cast by ineligible or deceased voters.
"So what is Biden hiding? I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands."
- President Donald J. Trump
Biden also released a statement of his own:
I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris.In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America. With the campaign over, it's time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. It's time for America to unite. And to heal. We are the United States of America. And there's nothing we can't do, if we do it together.
Rudy Giuliani spoke out against the Pennsylvania count, claiming multiple suspicious incidences of voter fraud in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and citing multiple examples of 'dead' people having voted in Philadelphia multiple times since they died. At a press conference he presented 50 poll watchers who will testify in court they were uniformly denied meaningful inspection of any of the mail-in ballots. Friday evening the U.S. Supreme Court also intervened with an injunction saying all mail-in ballots need to be sequestered and locked for separate tabulation during the recount stage.
President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) on Saturday filed a lawsuit in Arizona over alleged rejected votes in Maricopa County. The Trump campaign stated that some in-person votes were disregarded because of alleged improper guidance provided by the poll workers, who were struggling with new voting machines.
“When a machine detects an overvote on a ballot, poll workers should inform in-person voters of the error and give them an opportunity to correct the issue. Instead, poll workers in Maricopa County pressed, and told voters to press, a green button to override the error,” the campaign said in a statement. “As a result, the machines disregarded the voter’s choices in the overvoted races.”
The campaign and RNC allege that the problem was caused by poll workers who were struggling to operate the new voting machines and are asking the county to inspect any overridden in-person ballots manually, the same way that poll workers handle mail-in or drop-off ballots.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden currently holds a narrow lead in Arizona. Maricopa County is the biggest election district of Arizona, contributing over half of the votes for both candidates.
Over the past few days, Trump has been vocal about the need to protect the sanctity of the ballot box while claiming that Democrats are trying to “steal” the election from him, in part through counting late-arriving ballots dumped after established deadlines. Trump’s legal teams are arguing that mail-in ballots received after election day should not be counted and that votes that were counted without Republican observers present in the ballot-counting centers should also be considered “illegal votes.” Earlier in the day, Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani announced that Trump’s re-election campaign will launch a lawsuit in Pennsylvania to challenge mail-in ballots that have been counted without Republican poll watchers onsite.
“We’re going to file a federal lawsuit that will cover here [Philadelphia] and Pittsburgh, and we will have as many witnesses as the court needs. Right now, it could be as many as 90 witnesses,” Giuliani said.
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THE NEW GILDED AGE (Part 2)