President Trump’s campaign has launched a series of legal challenges against election fraud across key battleground states. However, the president’s lawsuits in Pennsylvania could be the most important.
Several allegations of fraud and election impropriety in the Keystone State have surfaced in the days following the election. Despite the uncertainties, the Associated Press and Fox News have declared the state for Biden, but Trump’s legal team won’t give up without a fight.
Trump was leading Pennsylvania by a wide margin on the night of the election. However, an eleventh-hour influx of votes for Democratic Challenger Joe Biden won the former vice president. The Associated Press called the state for Biden over the weekend and declared him the president-elect. This came despite the ongoing legal challenges from the Trump campaign and no certified result from state election officials.
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A Timeline of Legal Challenges
On November 4, the day after Election Day, the Trump campaign sued to force the Secretary of the Commonwealth Pennsylvania to adhere to an earlier deadline for voters to provide missing identification if they didn’t provide it on their initial ballot. According to the lawsuit, the Pennsylvania secretary of state, Kathy Boockvar, extended the November 9 by three outlets. With this, Trump’s legal team hoped to hold her to the original deadline.
But the shady business in Pennsylvania started well before the polls even closed. On Election Day, poll watchers were denied entry into a Philadelphia polling location despite producing documents. A judge later ordered the polling station to allow poll-watchers to observe, but election workers wouldn’t allow the poll-watchers to observe most of the process. The Philadelphia Sheriff refused to intervene to enforce the order despite requests from the Trump campaign.
On November 5, Trump’s legal team sued Philadelphia County’s Board of Elections after it received several allegations of fraud and improper conduct from election officials in the district. A federal judge denied the emergency injunction request the same day.
After being thwarted by Pennsylvania’s swamp of liberal-leaning judges, the campaign took their efforts to Washington and scored what could be a major victory. On November 6, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued a temporary order requiring Pennsylvania to segregate ballots that arrived after Election Day.
One Last Shot
On Monday, Trump’s lawyers took one last shot at derailing Pennsylvania’s push to name Biden the next president. The legal team filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking an injunction that would block Pennsylvania officials from certifying the results of the election until the fraud allegations could be properly investigated. The motion claims the state “mismanaged the election process” and the vote-counting operation was “shrouded in secrecy.”
Perhaps the most compelling evidence against Pennsylvania’s election practices comes from Richard Hopkins, a U.S. Postal Service worker in Erie, Pennsylvania who has a startling story to tell. The mail carrier signed a sworn affidavit claiming his boss, local postmaster Rob Weisenback, told USPS workers to collect any mail-in ballots received after November 3 and bring them to him so he could backdate them. By backdating the ballots, Weisenback turned otherwise illegal ballots that shouldn’t have been counted into legal votes.
The federal whistleblower could face perjury charges if the sworn statement is false. Therefore, this report could constitute the most credible voter fraud claim yet. In fact, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) brought the matter in front of Congress.
Left Tries to Discredit Whistleblower’s Narrative
The emboldened left is working overtime to discredit and bury the whistleblower’s narrative. On Tuesday, the House Oversight Committee claimed that Hopkins had recanted his statement. The Washington Post also cited three anonymous officials who repeated those claims.
Hopkins quickly countered those allegations with a public statement denying the story. “My name is Richard Hopkins, I’m a postal employee who came out and whistleblew on the Erie, Pennsylvania postal service, postal office. I am right at this very moment looking at an article written by the Washington Post—it says that I fabricated the allegations of ballot tampering,” Hopkins said.
“I’m here to say that I did not recant my statements, that didn’t happen, that is not what happened. You will find out tomorrow, and I would like that the Washington Post recant their wonderful little article that they decided to throw out there, out at random.”
Trump continues to gain ground in Arizona, and recounts remain pending in Wisconsin and Georgia. Despite the media’s bid to play kingmaker, Joe Biden is not the president-elect of the United States just yet. Team Trump’s lawsuits could flip the state red if successful and, if that happens, the president has a real shot at winning a second term.