WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US state of Pennsylvania’s supreme court dismissed another legal challenge to the election by supporters of President Donald Trump on Saturday, further reducing his already near-impossible odds of overturning the results.
A Republican lawsuit had sought to invalidate mail-in ballots in the battleground state that President-elect Joe Biden won by about 81,000 votes – or to throw out all votes and allow the state’s legislature to decide the winner.
The court dismissed both claims in a unanimous decision, calling the second one an “extraordinary proposition that the court disenfranchises all 6.9 million Pennsylvanians who voted in the general election”.
President-elect Joe Biden said Wednesday that Americans “won’t stand” for attempts to derail the US election outcome, as Donald Trump called for the results to be overturned.
In a speech on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday, Biden said in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware that Americans “have full and fair and free elections, and then we honour the results”.
“The people of this nation and the laws of the land won’t stand for anything else, ” he said.
“This election was rigged,” Trump said via telephone, repeating several claims of vote tampering that have been shot down in courtrooms across the country. Trump said: “all we need is to have some judge listen to it properly.”
Biden won Pennsylvania by a margin of 80,000 votes on November 3, helping him assemble a convincing nationwide victory and making Trump a one-term president.
Trump, who tore up countless norms during his four years in power, is carving out new territory with his refusal to concede to Biden.
Supporters suggest he is already eying an announcement of running for president again in 2024.
Building his brand ahead of a new campaign might be one explanation for the real estate tycoon’s dogged pursuit of such a lost cause.
He flexed his political muscle Wednesday, however, with the pardon to Flynn – potentially the first of more to come for friends and associates caught up in the various scandals of the administration.
“It is my Great Honour to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon,” Trump tweeted, wishing the disgraced former national security advisor a “truly fantastic Thanksgiving!” holiday.
Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI over his Russian contacts.