The Trump campaign has obtained a court order allowing Republicans to enter the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, where votes are still counted to ensure that “an illegal vote” is not cast.
Florida’s former Attorney General, Pam Bondi, appeared at a press conference outside the center along with her colleague Corey Lewandowski, senior advisor to Donald Trump, to announce receipt of the court order.
Bondi said that a 15-member team will monitor the rest of the count. She claimed they had previously been held up to 100 feet away by a barricade.
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“We plan to enter this building now and legally observe the voting process,” Bondi said. “If a single illegal vote is cast, it takes the lives of the great men and women of Pennsylvania who came out and cast a legal vote.
Lewandowski said, “Democracy is dying in the dark, this is an opportunity to shed some light on what is going on in this building. We are going to go in here right now, we are going to start watching what is going on… it’s time to go and shed some light on what is going on”.
He added that, in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, the observers will be located one meter behind the counters.
Joe Biden is currently leading the race for the White House, and with only a few key states left to report the results, the 20 votes in Pennsylvania are critical to both campaigns.
Trump has hinted, without providing any evidence, that there has been widespread electoral fraud. He has also repeatedly called for the legal and democratic process of vote counting to be stopped immediately.
Bondi had previously speculated that the election would be undermined by election fraud in Pennsylvania, which received a record number of postal ballots this year.
In her Thursday speech at Fox and Friends, Bondi made allegations of “falsified ballots” that she was unable to clear up.
“We have evidence of fraud … and we’re not going anywhere until they explain that we won Pennsylvania,” she said.
Bondi also discussed the court order she had filed to observe the counting process. She said the 15-person team only wanted to make sure the votes were “properly stamped” and arrived on time.
“For every late vote that was late, late stamped… that reduces every legal vote that arrives.
“This means that all the good citizens who support all of us in Pennsylvania don’t count their votes by those fake ballots that arrive late. And they won’t let us watch the process.”
Asked by host Steve Doocy if she believed that “fake ballots” existed, Bondi replied, “They could exist. That is the problem.”
According to the Pennsylvania State Department, hundreds of thousands of postal ballots still have to be counted on Thursday morning.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf condemned the “shameful” efforts of the Trump administration to stop the counting of the remaining ballots through lawsuits.
“Pennsylvania will count every vote and make sure everyone gets their vote,” Wolf said. “Pennsylvania will fight every single attempt to disenfranchise voters and continue to hold a free and fair election.