Trump now claims he’s won Wisconsin since state court restricted ballot boxes

Former President Donald Trump is now desperately trying to wrench Wisconsin from the jaws of defeat by suddenly claiming he won the state in the 2020 presidential election.

His reasoning? Since the Wisconsin State Supreme Court issued a ruling on Friday dramatically reducing the number of drop boxes for mail-in ballots, that must mean that all votes in those boxes in November 2020 were somehow bogus. – and apparently all were marked for winner Joe Biden.

“It means I won the hotly contested (not really) Wisconsin presidential race because they used those corrupt and outrageous Scam Boxes,” he falsely insisted in a Friday post on Truth Social.

There is no evidence that the vote in Wisconsin, or anywhere else in the country, was fraudulent. Dozens of court cases and multiple state-by-state recounts confirmed Biden’s victory.

Members of Trump’s own Justice Department found no evidence of fraud after extensive investigations. Trump’s hand-picked Attorney General William Barr called the voter fraud allegations “bullshit.”

“Those allegations simply weren’t true,” Richard Donoghue, the acting deputy attorney general at the time, told Trump. He testified last month before the House select committee investigating the case. January 6, 2021 insurrection. He added that Trump finally said, “Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican members of Congress. »

Trump and the Republicans claimed the drop boxes facilitated cheating, but offered no evidence.

The conservative-controlled Wisconsin court has ruled that under current law mail-in ballot boxes can only be placed in election offices and no one but the voter can return a ballot. vote in person. “The ballot boxes do not appear anywhere in the detailed statutory system of voting by mail,” Judge Rebecca Bradley wrote.

There is no way in Wisconsin to transfer the victory from Biden to Trump.

Trump said on Fox News in 2020 that “you never again an elected republican in this countryif “voting levels” increased. (Research has shown, however, that mail-in ballots do not appear to give any distinct advantage to either party.)

Trump continues to push for one-day in-person voting in the election — banning the convenient mail-in ballots and early voting that 69% of U.S. voters used in 2020. (Trump votes by mail.) That would be challenging, especially for people with disabilities and the elderly, as well as those working long hours or dual jobs or juggling childcare.

“At the end of the day, we want same-day voting — one day — and only paper ballots,” Trump said to cheers at a rally in Nashville last month.

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