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The Legal Flaws Behind Trump’s Baseless Claims the Election was Stolen from him

Erik Sofranko

Posted on February 18, 2021 17:46

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Trump has a history of claiming a process is rigged against him when he doesn’t get his desired outcome.

When Donald Trump did not receive an Emmy for The Apprentice three years in a row, he began to claim that the process was rigged.

When he lost the 2016 Iowa Caucus to Ted Cruz, he began to claim that Ted Cruz rigged the voting process against him, which also launched other Trump conspiracies, including suggesting that Ted Cruz’s father Rafael was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Shortly after Trump became president, he formed a commission to investigate voter fraud in the election that he won because he did not think it was possible that Hillary Clinton won more popular votes than he did. The commission was disbanded shortly afterward because they failed to produce any evidence of voter fraud.

In 2020, this pattern in Trump’s behavior continued as he claims that he won the election in a landslide against Joe Biden. Trump thinks he won the battleground states of Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Again, there are no merits to support his claim.

There is a major disconnect between what Trump and his legal team were saying in the media and what they were actually alleging in their court filings. Not a single court filing from the Trump legal team alleged any voter fraud. That is because it is legal to lie on television, but it is not legal to lie in courtrooms.

Trump’s attorneys, including Rudy Giuliani, co-signed a legal document that reads: “Petitioners do not allege, and there is no evidence of, any fraud in connection with the challenged ballots; Petitioners do not allege, and there is no evidence of, any misconduct in connection with the challenged ballots; Petitioners do not allege, and there is no evidence of, any impropriety in connection with the challenged ballots; Petitioners do not allege, and there is no evidence of, any undue influence committed with respect to the challenged ballots.”

Republican Senator Ben Sasse has spoken out against the absurdity of Trump’s repeated claims that a landslide victory was stolen from him: “Based on what I’ve read in their filings, when Trump campaign lawyers have stood before courts under oath, they have repeatedly refused to actually allege grand fraud — because there are legal consequences for lying to judges.”

Even pro-Trump political opinion commentator Tucker Carlson has acknowledged Trump’s complete failure to provide any validity to his massive voter fraud claims. He fiercely criticized one of Trump’s attorneys Sidney Powell for claiming Biden won due to electronic voting glitches. He stated, “She never demonstrated that a single actual vote was moved illegitimately by software from one candidate to another. Not one.”

Based on Trump’s past behavior, it is no surprise that he would make these claims about his election loss. He even previously stated at one of his political rallies that he would only accept the results of the election if he won.

Erik Sofranko

Posted on February 18, 2021 17:46

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