The Trump campaign on Wednesday announced the president filed a lawsuit in ‘his personal capacity,’ accusing the Wisconsin Elections Commission as well as local and state officials of undermining the election by disregarding ‘safeguards meant to prevent absentee ballot fraud.’
The complaint repeats many of Trump’s allegations against the mail-in ballot process that he has made in other lawsuits contesting state results, such as ballot tampering and lack of voter information certifications.
The Trump campaign on Wednesday announced the president is suing Wisconsin in a ‘personal capacity’
The suit accuses the Wisconsin Elections Commission as well as state and city officials of engaging in ‘unlawful and unconstitutional acts’ during the November 3 election
He has also accused the mayors in the state’s five largest cities – Milwaukee, Madison, Kenosha, Green Bay and Racine – of concocting an ‘unlawful plan to expand absentee voting by using ‘un-manned drop boxes.’
‘Today’s federal lawsuit in Wisconsin reveals an apparently coordinated effort to push a new form of balloting upon Wisconsin voters that was not protected by uniform chain of custody and security standards and protocols,’ Jenna Ellis, Trump Senior Legal Adviser said in a statement.
‘Regrettably, this is the same sort of conduct we have seen across many battleground states that Democrats knew they had to win to defeat the President where the rules of the election were changed at the last minute and guardrails against fraud were simultaneously lowered.’
The lawsuit comes just a few days after Wisconsin further cemented Biden’s victory in the state in two county recounts that increased his lead over Trump by 87 votes.
The recounts demanded by Trump’s reelection campaign in two of Wisconsin’s most populous and Democratic-leaning counties, Milwaukee and Dane County, concluded Friday and Sunday respectively.
Joe Biden currently holds 306 Electoral College votes, making him the clear winner of the presidential election
Earlier on Wednesday Trump said it was ‘statistically impossible’ that he didn’t prevail. He said the ‘greatest pollsters’ couldn’t understand what happened
Wisconsin law requires the campaign requesting the recount to foot the bill, meaning the it cost Trump’s campaign $3million and only advanced Biden’s victory over the president.
Overall, the recounts gave Biden 257 more votes to Trump’s 125, giving the former vice president a net 87 more votes than he originally held over the president in the state.
It marks Trump’s latest bid to overturn the results of the election, which he has repeatedly claimed was rigged in Biden’s favor.
Earlier on Wednesday he released a bizarre 46-minute video on Facebook where he called for the election to be ‘overturned’ and admitted his remarks would be ‘disparaged.’
Rather than pick any number of venues where he might deliver important remarks before an audience or with reporters present who might ask questions, Trump spoke before cameras from the White House and posted the footage, with repeated and awkward cuts by editors, to Facebook.
‘Even what I’m saying now will be demeaned and disparaged,’ he predicted as he laid out claim after claim, including several that have been put forward by his legal team and been debunked.
Trump said it ‘may be the most important speech I’ve ever made’ – then got to work trying to make the case that the election was fraudulent, that the results should be overturned in multiple states where President-elect Joe Biden got more votes than he did, and urged the Supreme Court to intervene.
At one point, he held up a chart purporting to show a scheme to steal an election, but a spike in votes he pointed to has been identified as Milwaukee County votes being counted once they came in. President-elect Joe Biden performed well there, as have past Democratic candidates going back years.
President Donald Trump called for the vote in swing states he lost to be ‘overturned’ and claimed the election was a ‘total catastrophe,’ despite his attorney general and a raft of judges not accepting claims of widespread fraud
He made repeated claims of fraud, dead people voting, mysterious anomalies in voting machines, and alleged corruption in big cities with Democratic votes that went for Joe Biden – despite his attorney general and a raft of judges not accepting claims of widespread fraud
‘This election was rigged. Everyone knows it. I don’t mind if I lose an election, but I want to lose an election fair and square. What I don’t want to do is have it stolen from the American people,’ Trump complained.
There were five editing jumps in the first three minutes of the video alone, giving in an awkward pace despite being shot at the center of U.S. Government power.
Biden’s vote approached 81 million votes Wednesday, and his leads is well beyond 6 million, while he is electoral college win is shaping up to be 306 to 232.
But Trump said it was ‘statistically impossible’ that he didn’t prevail.
He pointed to ‘unexpected success all over the country and right here in Washington,’ saying: ‘It is statistically impossible that the person – me – that led the charge lost. The greatest pollsters, the real pollsters – not the ones that had us down 17 points in Wisconsin when we actually won, while the ones that had us down four or five points in Florida and we won by many points or had us even down in Texas, and we won by a lot – not those pollsters but real pollsters that are fair and honest, said ‘We can’t understand a thing like this: it’s never happened before you led the country to victory and you were the only one that was lost. It’s not possible,’ he said.
Trump’s loss came despite Republicans holding the Senate and turning back numerous Democrats who were leading in pre-election polls, and picking up multiple seats in an election that many predicted would be a ‘blue wave.’
Trump, though, called the election a ‘total catastrophe’ and said the results couldn’t be trusted.
He complained about ‘machinery that was stopped during certain parts of the evening miraculously to open with more votes.’
‘Many people in the media and even judges so far have refused to accept it. They know it’s true. They know it’s there. They know who won the election. But they refuse to say: you’re right. Our country needs somebody to say you’re right,’ he said.
He made claims of dead people voting, although several examples brought forth by his lawyers have gone bust.
‘Millions of votes were cast illegally in the swing states alone,’ he claimed.
‘If that’s the case, the results of the individual swing states must be overturned and overturned immediately,’ Trump said.
‘Some people say that’s too far out. That’s too harsh. Well does that mean we take a president and we’ve just elected a president, where the votes were fraudulent? No. It means you have to turn over the election.’