Trump's election battle has left lawyers from both parties baffled

Trump's election battle has left lawyers from both parties baffled
President Donald J. Trump delivers his remarks during a press conference Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, on the North Portico of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
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Lawyers from both sides of the political aisle are baffled by what appears to be President Donald Trump's strategy to wage war on states where the election results are not in his favor.

As of Friday morning, Trump has unleashed a barrage of lawsuits to contest election results in multiple swing states including Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, Arizona, and Pennsylvania. In addition to the lawsuits, Trump has repeatedly taken to Twitter with fear mongering remarks that discredit United States' election system.

At one point, Trump even claimed his lead "magically disappeared." In fact, Eric Trump, the president's son, even scrutinized vote counting in Pennsylvania as he described it as "fraud."

"Guys, this is fraud. This is absolute fraud," Eric Trump said. "They're trying to make a mockery of the election of this country."

However, legal experts are pushing back against the president's claims. In fact, many are puzzled by the president's strategy, according to ABC News. Wendy Weiser, director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, admitted she does not even see a legal strategy but rather a publicity stunt based on Trump's latest antics.

"I don't see any real legal strategy here," Weiser said, "They look more like public relation stunts meant to create a false impression that the election is filled with improprieties and fraud."

Even Trump's personal attorney former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, admitted that they must abide by the law and allow all votes to be counted.

"We were supposed to be allowed by law to observe the counting of the ballots," Giuliani, said Wednesday.

However, he also claimed that the Trump campaign team "has not been able to see if ballots were properly postmarked, properly addressed, properly signed on the outside," per the publication. According to Giuliani, their concerns are "all the things that often lead to disqualification of ballots."

However, in all states where vote counting is underway, there are Republican and Democratic state officials overseeing tabulation. Despite the Trump campaign's claims, Weiser also suggested that Trump's attack on the election process looks "more like an effort to inject conspiracy theory" as opposed to a legitimate claim of wrong doing on the part of election officials.

"It all looks more like an effort to inject conspiracy theory into the public," Weiser said, "an attempt to sway public opinion to believe something dramatic is going on when there actually is no drama."

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