Washington, Dec 8 (efe-epa).- The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an effort by allies of the outgoing president to overturn the results of the election in Pennsylvania state.
It is the first case derived from the presidential election, won by Democrat Joe Biden, to reach the court, which is made up of three progressive and six conservative judges, three of them appointed by outgoing president Donald Trump. Its one-line ruling did not include comment, nor dissents.
Filed by Republican Mike Kelly, the lawsuit argued that a state law authorizing mail-in voting was unconstitutional and that all mail ballots in the state should be discarded.
Despite the fact that this particular case was considered difficult for Trump’s defense, it doesn’t bode well for the rest of the cases that the Supreme Court may hear in the coming days and that also seek to reverse the results that gave Biden a large victory.
Just before the court’s ruling, Trump alluded to his efforts to overturn Biden’s win.
“Let’s see whether or not somebody has the courage, whether it’s legislators or legislatures or a justice of the Supreme Court or a number of justices of the Supreme Court,” Trump said. “Let’s see if they have the courage to do what everybody in this country knows is right.”
Trump’s judicial strategy has not helped him and he has already accumulated some 50 defeats in the courts as time runs out to prevent Biden’s victory from being reversed.
The Electoral College is scheduled to meet next Monday to officially designate the president-elect.
In the polls, Biden has accumulated 306 Electoral College delegates, compared to Trump’s 232, and well over the 270 threshold.
However, the president still expects the Supreme Court to rule on other cases, such as that filed by the Texas attorney general, Republican Ken Paxton, to reverse the results in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia.
In addition to his judicial strategy, the president is apparently trying to influence local Republicans to invalidate the victory of the Democrat in their states by making use of legislatures in conservative hands, such as in Georgia, Michigan or Pennsylvania.
It has been reported that Trump has asked Republican leaders in these states to bypass the election result and for legislatures to directly assign delegates to the Electoral College. EFE-EPA