The re-election campaign of President Donald Trump is running out of options when it comes to challenging the results of the 2020 presidential elections in court.
Thursday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court threw out the Trump campaign’s suit against election fraud, two days after the president’s team asked the judges to revoke the state’s confirmation of the election results and disqualify more than 221,000 ballots in the state’s two largest Democratic districts, Milwaukee County and Dane County.
A recount in the two counties, which cost Trump $3 million, ended on Sunday, bringing dozens more votes for Biden.
Trump called the recount on Twitter “fake” and “a total rip-off.
On Monday, Democratic Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers confirmed the victory of President-elect Joe Biden in Badger State. Biden’s victory with a 0.6 percentage point lead means that the Democrat would win the state’s 10 electoral colleges.
Trump’s lawsuit alleged irregularities in the way the postal votes were conducted in these two democratic districts. He did not ask to cast votes in the Republican areas of Wisconsin, although the ballots were cast there in the same manner as in other counties.
Evers’ lawyers described the suit as “a shocking and outrageous attack on our democracy” when they filled the court.
“He is simply trying to hog the Wisconsin vote, even though he lost the statewide election,” wrote the governor’s lawyers.
The Conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday refused to hear Trump’s case because he had to go through the lower courts first, which the president had tried to circumvent due to the December 14 deadline for presidential voters to cast their ballots.
The court ruled 4-3 against Trump, with swing jurist Brian Hagedorn joining the three liberal judges on the bench.
Hagedorn wrote that the substantive issues raised by the president’s legal team “are best handled by a district court.
“I do not know how we could deal with all the legal issues raised in the petition without resolving these matters, a task for which we are neither well positioned nor institutionally provided. The legal process assigns this responsibility to the district court,” Hagedorn wrote.
It is not known whether the Trump campaign will pursue the case in the district court. Washington Newsday asked the Trump campaign for a comment, but received no response prior to publication.
Chief Justice Patience Roggensack wrote for the minority opinion and said she had taken the case because of the looming timeline, “which could prevent us from deciding important legal issues that cry out for resolution by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Thursday’s legal defeat is the latest in a string of losses for the Trump campaign. Judges in several key swing states have dismissed the campaign’s claims of widespread electoral fraud.
Two other lawsuits filed by Conservatives aimed at invalidating ballots are still pending before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.