Judges across the country are rejecting arguments made by President Donald Trump’s campaign and Republican leaders claiming voter fraud.
For months, Trump’s unsubstantiated claims have formed the centerpiece of his assault on the integrity of the election. At one point he claimed in May that “there is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent.” But a series of blistering decisions from federal judges appointed by presidents of both parties has made clear that such arguments are often baseless and difficult, if not impossible, to back up in court.
The weeks leading up to Election Day have seen a series of setbacks for the Trump-led effort, including in several swing states that could play significant roles in deciding the next president.
District Judge Dana Christensen referred to the Trump campaign’s argument as “fiction” in a case challenging Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock’s decision to allow counties to use an all-mail system for voting this year.