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Former President Donald Trump is now desperately making an attempt to grab Wisconsin from the jaws of his defeat by abruptly claiming he received the state within the 2020 presidential election.
His reasoning? For the reason that Wisconsin state Supreme Court docket issued a ruling Friday sharply curtailing the number of drop boxes for absentee ballots, that should imply all of the votes in these bins in November 2020 had been in some way pretend — and apparently had been all marked for victor Joe Biden.
“This implies I received the very closely contested (not truly) Wisconsin Presidential race as a result of they used these corrupt and scandal-ridden Rip-off Containers,” he falsely insisted in a publish Friday on Truth Social.
There is no such thing as a proof that the vote in Wisconsin, or wherever else within the nation, was fraudulent. Dozens of courtroom circumstances and a number of other recounts state by state verified Biden’s victory.
Members of Trump’s personal Division of Justice discovered no evidence of fraud after in depth investigations. Trump’s handpicked legal professional basic, William Barr, called the election fraud claims “bullshit.”
“These allegations had been simply not true,” Richard Donoghue, the appearing deputy legal professional basic on the time, advised Trump, he testified final month earlier than the Home choose committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot. He added that Trump finally stated: “Simply say the election was corrupt and go away the remainder to me and the Republican congressmen.”
Trump and Republicans have claimed that drop bins facilitated dishonest however have supplied no proof.
The conservative-controlled Wisconsin courtroom dominated that underneath present legislation, absentee poll drop bins might solely be placed in election offices and that nobody aside from the voter can return a poll in particular person. “Poll drop bins seem nowhere within the detailed statutory system for absentee voting,” Justice Rebecca Bradley wrote.
There’s no transfer in Wisconsin to modify Biden’s victory to Trump.
Critics say the GOP purpose is to considerably lower the variety of votes, which is generally considered beneficial to Republicans. A method to try this it to make voting as inconvenient as attainable.
Trump stated on Fox Information in 2020 that “you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again” if “voting ranges” rose. (Research has shown, nevertheless, that mail-in ballots don’t seem to present both occasion a definite benefit.)
Trump continues to push for single-day, in-person voting in elections — prohibiting handy mail-in ballots and early voting that 69% of American voters utilized in 2020. (Trump votes by mail.) That might be difficult particularly for the disabled and the aged, in addition to for these working lengthy hours or two jobs or juggling baby care.
“In the end, we wish same-day voting — sooner or later — and solely paper ballots,” Trump stated to cheers at a rally in Nashville final month.