What charges cannot a president forgive?
Certainly, on Friday there was an air of apocalyptic mood over the White House. Even Republicans shook their heads at the president's bizarre appearance, lamenting alleged fraud and a stolen election victory. But there is one thing that should not hide one. The attempts by Trump's campaign team to take legal action against the vote count in the recently controversial states are part of an orchestrated campaign to create public pressure.
And even if she has barely tangible successes to show in court, she has already achieved one goal. The uncertainty in the USA is growing. The uncertainty about whether everything went right in this election and whether the votes were counted correctly.
In Georgia, the Trump people announced up to a dozen lawsuits. A district court immediately rejected the first one after a hearing. A Republican election observer claimed to have seen that in the democratically dominated city of Savannah ballot papers were still accepted after the polling stations had closed. He could not provide any evidence. Lawsuit rejected.
In Michigan, Republicans wanted to stop the count on alleged electoral fraud. Given Joe Biden's lead of almost 150,000 votes, the judge said it was unlikely that manipulation would be of any consequence. Lawsuit also denied.
In the state, the campaign also extends to the Senate election. Republican candidate John James refused to recognize incumbent Gary Peters victory because the Democrats refuse to do a recount. "Those who oppose it must be hiding something," James whispered. Nor did he provide any evidence. The Democrat Peters won the election by 85,000 votes.
In Nevada, Republicans turned directly to the Washington Department of Justice (led by Trump loyalist William Barr) for immediate intervention. Allegedly, more than 3,000 votes were counted by citizens who have long since left the state. Biden last led the Nevada count by just 20,000 votes.
In Pennsylvania, Trump's people failed in trying to stop the count. However, they achieved minor successes. So they succeeded in reducing the distance between election observers and counters - to six feet, just under two meters, as prescribed by the corona rules in the state. One of the election observers was thrown out because he did not adhere to the obligation to keep a distance - which caused renewed excitement and led to new allegations. A top Trump advisor, Jason Miller, railed that the state "magically shows sacks of ballot papers in corrupt and depraved Democratic-run polling stations." He remained guilty of evidence.
At the center of Republican anger in Pennsylvania is Home Secretary Kathy Boockvar. The state departments of the interior oversee the organization of elections in the United States. The President's top campaign manager, Bill Stepien, accused the Democratic politician of partiality and read a tweet from Boockvar to reporters. "Using the title President before the word Trump offends the office," she wrote in 2017. Boockvar denied the allegation. There are no indications of electoral fraud. She wrote the tweet before taking office: "There is no room for partiality in the Pennsylvania Department of the Interior," she said.
In fact, the non-partisan association of state election officers confirmed that there had been no evidence of irregularities so far. In Pennsylvania, the print campaign was too much for even some Republicans. Senator Patrick Toomey said the allegations were "devoid of substance". Former Senator Rick Santorum, previously a supporter of Trump, also distanced himself: Counting postal votes "is not a fraud".
The Post made the biggest breakdown
Authorities in other states also denied the allegations. The Georgia polling officer, an avowed Conservative, denied doubts about the proper conduct of the census in his state. "Accuracy is the foundation for people to recognize the results of this election, be they the winners or the losers."
Of course, there were also mishaps during the vote. There were paper jams in voting machines. A burst pipe flooded a room where postal ballot papers were stored. Some polling stations on the Gulf Coast had to be supplied with backup generators after the hurricane Zeta damaged the pipe network. But those were the usual drawbacks of an election in the US, so to speak. There have been no confirmed reports of attempts at targeted electoral fraud.
The US Post made the biggest breakdown. 150,000 polling letters were left in distribution centers or were delivered after the polls closed, 12,000 of them in the five states of Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, which have not yet been counted. In the coming days there should be more letters that have not been sent. However, no complaints from the Republicans have yet become public. In the case of postal voters, the proportion of Biden votes generally outweighed by far.
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