Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and this involves a federal courts rejection to a trump request to block certification of election results.
Pennsylvania federal appeals court on Friday rejected Trump’s request for an emergency injunction to overturn the certification of Pennsylvania’s election results. This delivers another defeat to the president’s attempts to reverse the outcome in a state that has already formalized President elect Joe Biden’s victory there.
Trump’s campaign filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit after a U.S. district court last weekend dismissed its federal lawsuit against Pennsylvania election authorities and rejected the campaign’s request to be allowed to revise the suit to include more allegations.
The lawsuit sought to stop certification of Pennsylvania’s results on the grounds that Republicans were “illegally” disadvantaged because some Democratic leaning areas allowed voters to correct administrative errors on their mail ballots.
In a 21 page opinion, the 3rd Circuit said the Trump campaign’s challenge of the district court’s decision had “no merit.” The opinion was written by Judge Stephanos Bibas, who was appointed to the court by Trump. Bibas was joined by two other Republican appointed judges in a unanimous vote by the three member panel. “Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” Bibas wrote. “Voters, not lawyers, choose the President. Ballots, not briefs, decide elections.”
Jenna Ellis who is a legal adviser to Trump’s campaign, said after the decision that the case would be taken to the Supreme Court. “On to SCOTUS!” Ellis said on Twitter, using an acronym for the Supreme Court of the United States. Trump had no immediate response, and his personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani later suggested it was not clear whether the appeals court’s action would be challenged in the Supreme Court.