Bold advocates of President Trump held a rally in Washington on Saturday a week after the governmental race was called for Joe Biden. (Nov. 14). AP Domestic
MADISON – President Donald Trump for now is looking for a recount in two Wisconsin counties, but what he’s truly doing is getting ready for a lawsuit.
Why? Trump could see a long-shot chance of getting multiple states to change their vote totals. Or, a legal obstacle could offer Trump fodder to keep his base accelerated for a 2024 run, alleging the long-standing process of electing presidents that provided previous Vice President Joe Biden a success was unfair.
The recount petition he filed Wednesday asked to throw away broad swaths of votes in the state’s 2 most Democratic locations– something the county clerks there make sure to reject.
However by pursuing the recount, Trump has given himself an automobile for a lawsuit that would likely go before a judge by early December. It might quickly get to the state Supreme Court, where conservatives hold a 4-3 bulk.
The influence of the high court would be felt from the start. Under state law, Supreme Court Chief Justice Perseverance Roggensack will get to choose which judge initially hears a recount lawsuit. She will also get to choose the court that hears any appeals.
Democrats called Trump’s arguments versus counting some tallies baseless and stated clerks were not likely to accept his claims when they begin recounting votes on Friday. They also revealed worries that the state’s high court, with its history of siding with Republicans, might go along with a request to toss tallies in Milwaukee and Dane counties and shift the state’s 10 electoral votes from Biden to Trump.
A court changing the outcome of an election that was chosen by more than 20,600 votes would be extremely unusual, and there is no guarantee the justices would agree with Trump. Even if they did, changing Wisconsin’s outcomes would not suffice to eliminate the presidency from Biden because of his triumphes in other states.
At a late-night meeting Wednesday to license the recount, Democrats and Republicans on the state Elections Commission could agree on little— other than that the recount is headed to court.
” This is going to be for the courts to decide. I do not believe it’s for us to decide,” Republican politician Commissioner Dean Knudson informed his associates.
Kyle Kondik, handling editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics, said even if Wisconsin judges took the rare action of reversing the state’s election result, Trump would need two more states to follow suit for the effort to deliver him a second term.
” Let’s say they could state they might get a lawsuit in the Wisconsin Supreme Court that would flip the election … that would, to me, be extraordinary in contemporary times– something like that occurring given the number of votes included,” he stated. “They would not just need that in one state they would need that in multiple states.”
Kondik stated the Wisconsin effort might be about laying the groundwork for a 2024 project, but Trump would likely make the case the election was swarming with fraud regardless.
” He’s acting exactly the way I expected him to act. … You could see it coming from a mile away. He questioned the stability of the last election that he won,” Kondik stated of the 2016 race. “He currently is alleging those things and whether there’s a recount in Wisconsin or not wouldn’t change that sort of rhetoric. … I think the president’s rhetoric is reckless and not based in truth in a great deal of methods, but just like any other losing prospect he has the right to comply with the guidelines.”
Jeffrey Mandell, a Madison lawyer who has represented Democrats in election cases, said he thought Trump’s arguments did not have benefit. Judges might quickly find that Trump took too long to submit a legal challenge if he’s concentrated on practices that have remained in place for many years, Mandell said.
But he kept in mind no one ever knows what will take place when a case, especially a high-stakes p