SCOTUS Rules Against T-Rump In Pennsylvania Election Block

December 8, 2020

Overcast-cool this Tuesday evening here in lockdowned California’s Central Valley, as T-Rump and his motley-crew of disease-riddled nit-twits received what should be a knock-down punch to end a preposterous, unhinged assault on the presidential election:

The simple, direct simplicity of the SCOTUS ruling indicates how bullshitish is T-Rump’s fraud whine — via The Washington Post this afternoon:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a last-minute attempt by President Trump’s allies to overturn the election results in Pennsylvania, a blow to the president’s continuing efforts to protest his loss to Democrat Joe Biden.

The court’s brief order provided no reasoning, nor did it note any dissenting votes. It was the first request to delay or overturn the results of the presidential election to reach the court, and it appears that Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s latest nominee, took part in the case.

The lawsuit was part of a blizzard of litigation and personal interventions Trump and his lawyers have waged to overturn victories by Biden in a handful of key states.

Just another slap in T-Rump’s illegal, orange-puffed face — further from NPR this evening:

The lawsuit was brought by Republican Rep. Mike Kelly, who argued a 2019 state law authorizing universal mail-in voting is unconstitutional and that all ballots cast by mail in the general election in Pennsylvania should be thrown out.

“The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice [Samuel] Alito and by him referred to the Court is denied,” said the court’s one-sentence order, which did not suggest any dissent among the nine justices.

Kelly, along with several others, filed the lawsuit on Nov. 21 and requested Pennsylvania either reject the more than 2.5 million ballots cast by mail or allow state lawmakers to select presidential electors. Republicans control Pennsylvania’s Legislature.

The state Supreme Court unanimously dismissed the lawsuit on Nov. 28, saying the GOP had waited too long to challenge the law.
The lawsuit was brought by Republican Rep. Mike Kelly, who argued a 2019 state law authorizing universal mail-in voting is unconstitutional and that all ballots cast by mail in the general election in Pennsylvania should be thrown out.

“The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice [Samuel] Alito and by him referred to the Court is denied,” said the court’s one-sentence order, which did not suggest any dissent among the nine justices.

Kelly, along with several others, filed the lawsuit on Nov. 21 and requested Pennsylvania either reject the more than 2.5 million ballots cast by mail or allow state lawmakers to select presidential electors. Republicans control Pennsylvania’s Legislature.

The state Supreme Court unanimously dismissed the lawsuit on Nov. 28, saying the GOP had waited too long to challenge the law.

Pennsylvania’s lawyers defending the state election results laid it on: ‘“After waiting over a year to challenge Act 77, and engaging in procedural gamesmanship along the way, they come to this Court with unclean hands and ask it to disenfranchise an entire state,” they wrote. “They make that request without any acknowledgment of the staggering upheaval, turmoil, and acrimony it would unleash.”

And the T-Rump this past weekend:

At a political rally Saturday in Georgia, Trump repeated his false and unfounded claims that the election was rigged and filled with “fraud, deception, and deceit.”

“Hopefully, our legislatures and the United States Supreme Court will step forward and save our country,” Trump said to cheers.

What now? Reality for a grifting huckster is tiny-finger nail grinding (h/t BJ):

Today is also what’s termed the “safe harbor” deadline — federal law says must fall six days before electors meet nationwide to cast their votes for president, and if all current laws/rules are used, the results ‘shall be conclusive.’ Apparently, the code was enacted to prevent crap just like T-Rump’s bullshit: ‘It is meant to act as a safeguard so that Congress, which will count the electoral votes on 6 January, can’t second-guess or overturn the election results.’

So there it be…but it ain’t over until noon Jan. 20 — 45 days, 15 hours and 34 minutes (right now)…

(Illustration: ‘Pinocchio,’ by Enrico Mazzanti (1852-1910), found here).

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