President Donald Trump has lost a slew of court cases related to the results of the 2020 election — and this Sunday on Twitter, he tried to dismiss the significance of these rounds of court losses via distancing himself from at least some of the cases altogether, no matter his own campaign’s close involvement in the legal fight. He also promised that more court cases from the Trump team would soon emerge and supposedly prove the fraud that Trump and his allies have been claiming plagued the recent election — but there’s no meaningful reason to take the president seriously. The Department of Homeland Security itself has characterized the recent election as the “most secure in American history.”
Trump tweeted the following message:
‘Many of the court cases being filed all over the Country are not ours, but rather those of people that have seen horrible abuses. Our big cases showing the unconstitutionality of the 2020 Election, & the outrage of things that were done to change the outcome, will soon be filed!’
Many of the court cases being filed all over the Country are not ours, but rather those of people that have seen horrible abuses. Our big cases showing the unconstitutionality of the 2020 Election, & the outrage of things that were done to change the outcome, will soon be filed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
Reality check: Trump’s own campaign is closely involved in a significant number of recent election-related court cases, even if every single case doesn’t have his name or campaign on the plaintiffs list.
For example, The New York Times reported that, last Friday, a Pennsylvania court “upheld Pennsylvania’s three-day extension for the deadline to accept mail-in ballots, against which the Trump campaign has vociferously fought” (emphasis added). In other Friday court defeats for Trump’s campaign, “a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court denied the Trump campaign’s request to invalidate a batch of mail-in ballots” and “a Philadelphia County Common Pleas Court rejected the campaign’s appeal seeking to invalidate five more batches of mail-in ballots,” the Times reported.
More broadly, the Trump campaign has offered obvious public support for legal efforts around the country that might not have themselves included on the list of plaintiffs. In other words, many lawsuits are from Trump’s side, even if “Donald J. Trump” isn’t a plaintiff. Going forward, there’s no meaningful reason to take Trump’s claim of imminent paradigm-shattering lawsuits seriously. He is a documented serial liar.
Check out Twitter’s response to Trump below: