Matt Gaetz says that the next U.S. president will only be “legitimate” when the courts decide on election complaints.

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Florida Republican Matt Gaetz said that America will not have a “legitimate” president until the courts have finished ruling on the campaign complaints filed by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.

The GOP Congressman also told Fox News’ The Next Revolution that Trump had a “duty” to file suit against all “true” examples of election fraud, arguing that the Republican Party would not be able to win an election again unless he went to trial.

The quote

“We must not forget that Donald Trump built a great Republican party. It is a party that is doing better with Hispanics and African Americans than it has done for a generation.

“Donald Trump now has an obligation to the party he built to make sure that we expose and bring to justice any true example of fraud, because if we don’t, we will never win another election.

He later added, “If this election doesn’t go our way, we will not burn anything down. We will go to court, and only when the courts have made a decision will we actually have a legitimate president”.

Why it matters

President Trump’s re-election team filed a flood of complaints when the election results arrived throughout last week after voters went to the polls on November 3.

The lawsuits repeatedly called for the counting of votes to be stopped because of concerns that GOP observers did not have “reasonable access” to the counting areas, or raised general objections to state laws allowing the counting of postal ballots received after election day.

In a lawsuit filed by Trump’s team in Georgia, it was argued that postal ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on election day in order to be eligible for counting in the state’s final count. The submission was later rejected by a state judge.

Rudy Giuliani, the personal lawyer of the President and former mayor of New York City, told reporters on Saturday that his team would be filing a series of new lawsuits in several states, including Pennsylvania, starting Monday.

“The Biden selection by Crooked Media is based on wrongful votes in PA, Mich, GA, Wisc, Nevada and others,” Giuliani tweeted later Sunday night. “We’re gonna prove it all.”

Counterpoint

Democratic lawyers and state officials have flatly dismissed as “unfounded” the president’s planned legal action against the election results, as they have tried to have the complaints overturned in court.

In a conversation with Washington Newsday after Team Trump filed a lawsuit in the state last week, Ryan Jarvi, press secretary of the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, Dana Nessel, said: “The allegations made by the Trump campaign are unfounded and we will respond accordingly in court.

While the president’s re-election team pressed for more fighting in court, President-elect Joe Biden called for unity and a calming of tensions after his election victory on Saturday night.

“It is time to put aside the harsh rhetoric. To lower the temperature,” he twittered. “To see each other again. To listen to each other again”…

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