Biden campaign consultant Bob Bauer said any legal battle by the GOP against the Pennsylvania ballot count was a “stupid errand” and one of the “most clumsy, doomed to failure” legal initiatives he has had since then in his entire career.
When the chief attorney appeared on MSNBC Monday night, he said that the ballots were being counted and argued that “implausible” plans would come from Trump Camp as Election Day approached.
Asked if he expected a lawsuit after election day over the counting of postal ballots in Pennsylvania, Bauer replied: “The Republicans could very well, it has been talked about, try to stop the counting in a state like Pennsylvania.
“This is a completely idiotic errand. These votes will be counted. Let me tell you tonight that those votes are being counted.
“In a state like Pennsylvania, they may very well try to… stop the count,” says Bob Bauer, senior adviser to the Biden campaign. “This is a completely idiotic errand. These votes will be counted.” pic.twitter.com/pxm33JCqPX
– MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 3, 2020
“It really strikes me that some of what the Republicans have said is not only implausible, but that for some reason they have come up with the idea that it is wise for them to release all this stuff in advance to basically let everyone know what they think so that their entire program could be dissected and completely torn to shreds in advance.
“Everyone knows what they’re up to, the election officials know what they’re up to, the courts know what they’re up to. We will see if they will try, but if they do try, it will be one of the most clumsy, doomed legislative initiatives I have seen in my entire career.
Why it matters
According to reports, President Donald Trump and his campaign plan to announce victory on election night, although some postal ballots still have to be counted.
Axios reported on Sunday that Trump had “told” the Confederates that he intended to declare himself the winner if he was in the lead on election night. The news agency cited three sources who were “familiar” with the President’s private remarks.
Trump later denied the story of Axios. He also told reporters that his campaign team would “go in with our lawyers” after the votes had been counted on election night.
“I think it is a terrible thing when ballots can be collected after an election,” the President said. “I think it’s a terrible thing when states are allowed to tabulate ballots for a long period of time after the election,” said the president.
Associated Press reported that Trump’s campaign aimed to challenge the counting of post-election ballots in Pennsylvania after the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of the practice.
In a statement to the news agency, Trump Deputy Campaign Director Justin Clark claimed that Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar was “openly trying to steal this election” for the Democratic Party.
“But make no mistake: President Trump and his team will continue to fight for the free, fair election and the trustworthy results that all Americans deserve,” he added.
Washington Newsday has approached the Trump campaign for comment and will update this article with every response.