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Loud complaints from Trump, but little evidence : Did the dead vote in the US election?
The dead cast their votes in the US election - claims Donald Trump. He now wants to present the death notices of US citizens who, after his presentation, cast their votes in the US election. Or at least in whose name strangers should have cast a vote. For him, this is the ultimate evidence of widespread electoral fraud.
Trump expands his legal campaign to contest Joe Biden's election victory. So far, however, his efforts have been directed less towards the courts than towards public opinion.
The news portal Axios sums up the situation with his election contestation team concentrating the energies on holding rally-like mass events in the embattled states, at which his agents spread the alleged manipulations and legal violations in front of incited supporters.
At the same time, the Washington Post is analyzing the legal substance of the Trump team's previous objections to the count. “It's 0 to 5,” the newspaper sums up. On closer inspection, however, Trump has scored some minor successes; more about this below. Trump's goal, the US media suspect, is to gain time to delay the counting and thus the initiation of the transfer of power to Joe Biden.
Speculation, rumors, hearsay instead of evidence
Following the verdict of the judges in the proceedings decided so far, the Republicans had not provided any evidence to support their allegation of extensive electoral fraud on a scale relevant to the overall result. You have relied on speculation, rumors and hearsay. Moreover, this only applies to local irregularities which, even if they are true, do not make a sufficient difference in numbers to change the provisional results in individual countries. So far there has been no evidence of systematic electoral fraud. The count is largely correct.
Who are the people directing Trump's legal campaign? Which states and which allegations are involved? And what are the chances of success?
Jared Kushner versus Rudy Giuliani and Richard Grenell
In the White House, Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani are the main agents in the legal battle for the election result. According to media reports, Kushner is not entirely convinced of the prospects of success. He is said to have tried over the weekend to convince Trump that the election was lost and that he would better admit his defeat than pursue hopeless challenges. Wife Melania is also said to have influenced the president with this goal. Some Republicans are turning their backs on Trump.
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Rudy Giuliani and Trump's sons take the opposite view. Trump should fight. The defeat can still be averted. Richard Grenell, the former US ambassador to Germany, also advocates this strategy. He represents Trump at press conferences in the western United States, especially in Nevada, one of the contested states.
The legal team in the White House
Giuliani sees Pennsylvania as the center of the dispute. Without his 20 electoral votes, Biden would fall below the margin of 270 electorate needed to enter the White House at the current count in the other states.
The group that is supposed to manage the judicial process also includes the campaign leader, Bill Stepien; the attorney Justin Clark; and consultants Jason Miller and David Bossie. The extended circle of the team includes Republican MPs Jim Jordan and Scott Perry, ex-chief of staff Reince Priebus and the current chief of staff Mark Meadows, whose radius of action is of course limited by a positive corona test.
The propaganda machine runs parallel to the lawyers
Trump does not rely solely on the legal team, but in parallel or even to a greater extent on his communications team. Under the direction of Tim Murtaugh, it is said to ceaselessly disseminate news of unlawfully cast votes, thus reinforcing the impression of massive election fraud among Trump's supporters. Murtaugh obliges Trump loyalists to be ready for appearances on various TV channels and their news shows. And offers the broadcasters these Trump representatives as interview partners.
US citizens (and journalists) who are on Trump's mailing list get emails from the Election Defense Task Force with the subject line “For Patriots ONLY”. You end with a request for donations to fund the legal proceedings.
Pennsylvania is the center of legal objection
Each of the contested states has its own regional team. In Pennsylvania, attorney Ron Hicks of Porter Wright's law firm is leading the appeals. In the past week, Team Trump had two goals there: postal voting envelopes that arrive after election day should not be counted; and in order to prepare for this, they should be filed separately from the outset and separated from the ballot papers by the evening election day.
The main thing has not yet been decided. The Supreme Court ruled that it could later deal with the question of whether or not ballot papers received after election day are valid, as required by Pennsylvania regional suffrage. Trump succeeded in calling for the one ballot to be separated from the other.
Trump's lawyers need to correct allegations
Second, Trump's team claimed that Republican election observers were not admitted to the count; therefore it is suspected that the Democrats are committing electoral fraud. In court, however, Trump's lawyer had to admit that Republicans are also among the observers. "Your number is greater than 0."
District Judge Paul Diamond replied, "Then what's the problem?" He denied the motion to stop the count. In separate proceedings, however, Trump managed to allow his election observers to follow the count from a closer distance than before.
In Georgia, too, it's all about postal votes
In other countries with a narrow election result, the chances of legal success have so far been no better. In Georgia, Doug Collins leads the legal team. He was a Republican MP, wanted to be a Senator, but only finished third in the race against Democrat Raphael Warlock and another Republican, Kelly Loeffler. Warlock and Loeffler will run into the runoff election in January.
In this state, too, Trump's people concentrated their objections on the fact that postal votes allegedly received late were counted. They cited the election observers who allegedly could testify to this. The trials ended with a finding that they had provided no evidence. In certain cases, postal voting documents that arrive after the election day are also valid. This affects military personnel and U.S. citizens living overseas.
In Arizona the dispute revolves around "Sharpie Pens"
In Arizona, Kory Langhofer heads the legal team. He had advised Trump in the transition in 2016. There the objections revolve around doubts as to whether the voting machines worked correctly - depending on which pen the voters use. A "Sharpie Pen" could lead to incorrectly counted votes, said Republicans. Those responsible reject that. State Secretary Katie Hobbs rates Trump's complaints as unsuitable attempts to delay the completion of the count.
In Nevada, Trump's supporters claimed that several thousand votes had been illegally cast in and around Las Vegas. "This is unacceptable and creates the impression that the system is corrupt," asserted Richard Grenell.
In Nevada there is only one case instead of thousands
Instead of the supposedly several thousand cases, according to the Washington Post, Team Trump was only able to present one person whose ballot had fallen into the wrong hands and had been filled out by someone else. A woman named Jill Stokke. District Judge Andrew Gordon dismissed the plaintiffs. They could come back if they could prove a large number of cases.
Overall, this suggests a dual strategy that mixes legal objections with mass propaganda. Unlike in Florida in 2000, where George W. Bush prevailed against Al Gore in the end, Team Trump doesn't have enough verifiable cases for incorrectly counted votes. On the basis of a few cases, it wants to give the impression that it is a mass phenomenon. In all of these states, Trump is strengthening communications departments in parallel with legal efforts. 92 employees were relocated from Florida to Georgia, according to Axios.
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