What the heck?! Does a “free and fair election” mean that one side has to secure a court order to allow their legal scrutineers in?
The Trump campaign has not been permitted to send poll watchers to supervise the counting of ballots in Philadelphia, in a state which is one of just a handful that could determine the result of the 2020 Presidential election.
On election night, Trump was leading Biden by around 500,000 votes in Pennsylvania, but other states where Trump was leading saw the lead drop significantly after troves of ballots were counted. This has caused many Trump supporters to suspect that there are some weird shenanigans going on in the counting of ballots. In one case, Wisconsin, which had been leaning Trump, suddenly had an influx of ballots — and an astounding “black swan” instance of 89% voter turnout — the state is now leaning Biden.
They have posted a livestream of the vote counting, but it’s not like you can really see anything from that vantage point.
The Republican poll watchers weren’t allowed to be closer than 25 feet. But they were eventually allowed to use binoculars.
Team Trump thought that was absolute B.S. and got a court order to be allowed to properly observe the counting.
Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon’s ruling, issued Thursday morning, overturns a decision by a Philadelphia judge that rejected a complaint by Trump campaign officials, who claimed they weren’t being adequately permitted to observe the vote count.
Cannon ordered the Philadelphia Court to issue a new ruling by 10:30 a.m. Thursday allowing all candidates or their representatives to “observe all aspects of the canvassing process.”
The representatives must observe COVID-19 mitigation rules for social distancing and must be wearing face coverings, Cannon ruled.
#BREAKING: Trump team's Pam Bondi claims "immediate access" to observe vote-counting in Philadelphia: "We plan on entering that building right now."@CLewandowski_: "Democracy dies in darkness… This is a win for every person who's cast a legal ballot in the state of PA." pic.twitter.com/0EudOxYwLX
— The Hill (@thehill) November 5, 2020
The moment @PamBondi and @CLewandowski_ , court order in hand, got into the Pennsylvania Convention Center where votes have been being counted without Republican oversight. Philadelphia and Atlanta are the corrupt machine cities where the @realDonaldTrump election will be decided pic.twitter.com/vDjPG4hLLe
— Christopher Bedford (@CBedfordDC) November 5, 2020
HUGE LEGAL WIN FOR VOTERS:
Republican poll watchers will now be allowed inside the Philadelphia Convention Center and will be within viewing distance of the counting.
But the fact this was NOT happening until now is ridiculous and very telling. pic.twitter.com/Qv2Gs1x6YO
— J. Hogan Gidley (@JHoganGidley) November 5, 2020
But, no sooner were the Trump scrutineers allowed in, than the Democrats filed an appeal and a judge ordered all counting stopped temporarily to hear both sides. The counting was resumed around noon.
Vote-counting efforts in Philadelphia were temporarily suspended on Thursday following a court order that granted President Trump’s campaign closer access to oversee the operation, according to reports.
The count resumed shortly after noon, the Philadelphia Inquirer said.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has not said if it will hear the appeal planned by city officials, the Inquirer said.
Philadelphia’s government is headed by Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney and early election results have heavily favored Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Source: New York Post
…given volume of litigation and lightning fast pace.)
Anyways, here's the petition for appeal—> https://t.co/hYFsE5QZW7
— John Kruzel (@johnkruzel) November 5, 2020
Democrats are going to court to ban observers from keeping tabs on Philadelphia's suspect vote count.
Ask yourself: why would Democrats want to ban people from observing their vote count in Philadelphia? https://t.co/kxjnSe8xY0
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) November 5, 2020
It seems like there’s some weird stuff going on in Pennsylvania.
One county has taken a break from counting until FRIDAY.
Allegheny County, PA still has 35,413 uncounted mail-in ballots, but elections staff is taking today off for "administrative work" and will not resume count until Friday. "I can't get an answer as to why,'' says @bethanyhallam, a member of county elections board.
— Trip Gabriel (@tripgabriel) November 5, 2020
I guess they just “called a lid” just like Biden did for half of his campaign.
Let’s be frank, the leadership in Pennsylvania isn’t precisely “Trump-friendly.”
This is the lawyer for the City of Philadelphia who is not allowing court-ordered election observers to enter the center pic.twitter.com/FzuH1YJNhu
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 5, 2020
The Attorney General had posted “if all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose.”
The Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar who is in charge of overseeing the election is no fan of the President.
Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State will do anything to defeat Trump.
Anything. Think about having this woman in charge of vote counting…. https://t.co/rjkR7zOAnr
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) November 5, 2020
#BREAKING: Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar:
“We get to decide when the last vote is counted.”pic.twitter.com/s80vgbCIyl
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 4, 2020
Corey Lewandowski is now calling for the enforcement of the court order.
Pam Bondi had said although they have been let in and can be 6 feet from the counting, the machines have been moved further from the poll watchers.
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 5, 2020
It’s all very confusing, so let’s keep things simple.
1. Yesterday Trump observers were barred from observing the vote count in Philadelphia.
2. Today a PA judge granted the Trump campaign’s request to observe the count.
3. Philadelphia stopped counting votes, and are appealing this order to allow observers 👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/NDphb9eD93
— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) November 5, 2020
Answer: yes, obviously.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) November 5, 2020
Trump isn’t going to let this go without a fight, and he’s right to keep fighting.
Isn’t that how he became POTUS in the first place?
Buckle up, Patriots! It’s going to be a rough ride.