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Court rejects Trump campaign’s appeal in Pennsylvania case

A federal appeals court on Friday unanimously rejected the Trump campaign’s emergency appeal seeking to file a new lawsuit against Pennsylvania’s election results, writing in a blistering ruling that the campaign’s “claims have no merit.”

Why it matters: It’s another devastating blow to President Trump’s sinking efforts to overturn the results of the election. Pennsylvania, which President-elect Joe Biden won by more than 80,000 votes, certified its results last week and is expected to award 20 electoral votes to Biden on Dec. 12.

What they’re saying: “Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. 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,” Trump-appointed Judge Stephanos Bibas wrote in the Third Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling.

  • “The Trump Presidential Campaign asserts that Pennsylvania’s 2020 election was unfair. But as lawyer Rudolph Giuliani stressed, the Campaign ‘doesn’t plead fraud … [T]his is not a fraud case.'”
  • “Instead, it objects that Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State and some counties restricted poll watchers and let voters fix technical defects in their mail-in ballots. It offers nothing more.”

Trump legal adviser Jenna Ellis responded to the ruling on Twitter, writing: “The activist judicial machinery in Pennsylvania continues to cover up the allegations of massive fraud. We are very thankful to have had the opportunity to present proof and the facts to the PA state legislature. On to SCOTUS!”

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