Trump Campaign Gets Laughed Out Of Court For Claiming A Bunch Of Unvetted Webform Submissions Is 'Evidence' Of Voter Fraud

from the who-needs-sworn-statements-when-you-have-a-CAPTCHA dept

The Trump Campaign is back in court, hoping to reclaim a presidency Donald Trump has lost. It spent plenty of time in court prior to the election, hoping to prevent as many people as possible from voting. Now, it's doing the same thing, insisting (without evidence) there's voter fraud everywhere.

Immediately following Election Day, the Trump campaign opened its own voter fraud hotlines. People who thought they observed voting fraud were encouraged to call the campaign or submit sworn statements via a handful of websites. Both offerings were immediately swamped by pranksters and other non-fans of Trump, tying up phone lines and filling the webform coffers with useless things like, say, the script from "Bee Movie."

Undeterred by a lack of credible fraud accusations, the Trump campaign still attempted to submit some of its mostly unvetted webform garbage as "evidence" in its Arizona lawsuit. As Adam Klasfield reports, the judge wasn't impressed by the campaign's attempt to portray a bunch of statements from internet randos as something worth the court's time and attention.

A Trump campaign attorney conceded in court on Thursday morning that he tried to enter hundreds of dodgy form-filed affidavits into evidence, even though their own investigation found that a subset of the sworn statements that they received were filled with lies and “spam.”

“This is concerning,” Judge Daniel Kiley, from Arizona’s Maricopa County, remarked with some understatement.

This wasn't the only laughable assertion by Trump campaign attorney, Kory Langhofer. On the record and in front of a judge, Langhofer said the campaign was confident it had weeded out bot submissions because the site had a CAPTCHA.

Then he got even stupider by claiming the narratives the Trump campaign couldn't immediately disprove must be truthful representations. Not being able to prove something is a lie isn't the same thing as finding it to be true, the judge pointed out.

Judge Kiley replied that this did not show the remaining affidavits are trustworthy.

“That just shows you cannot disprove what’s asserted,” Kiley noted.

Then, despite entering the legal arena to dispute alleged fraud, the Trump attorney said it was unlikely anyone actually engaged in fraud.

“This is not a fraud case,” Langhofer said, casting the lawsuit instead as allegations of flaws within the voting system. “It is not a stealing-the-election case.”

It appears the Trump campaign's lawyer isn't getting the talking points memos. There have been wild, widespread accusations of voter fraud from both the outgoing president and many of his administration figureheads, which for some reason include his children and his children's spouses.

The Trump campaign thinks a webform and a hotline that will coddle conspiracy theorists when not swamped by pranksters is going to help it win back an election. Good luck with that. But it will make for some great popcorn munching as the campaign and its attorneys continue to embarrass themselves in courtrooms around the nation until every last avenue for redress has been (in all senses of the word) exhausted.

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    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 13 Nov 2020 @ 9:07am

    Trump had a legal victory in Pennsylvania

    That victory hardly matters unless it led to enough votes being tossed out that the election swings in his favor. Last I checked, it didn’t, so…yeah…

    Bashing Trump supporters is low.

    Not really. A lot of Trumpians may not be racist, but Trump’s racism wasn’t a dealbreaker for them in either 2016 or 2020. His disastrous handling of COVID (nearly a quarter-million dead and counting!) wasn’t a dealbreaker, either. Trumpians cared more about hurting libs/Repugnant Cultural Others than they did about their own best interests. For that, I will insult them; if they don’t like that, the snowflakes can run to their safe space (Parler) and complain.

    to many real voters who supported Trump, they did so without question because he helped them

    Ah, I see, you’re going to discount all the votes for Biden as not coming from “real voters”. That is…that is certainly an approach to take.

    maybe you support Biden who's not planning to finish the wall which has helped law enforcement stop drug/human traffickers, rapist, and murderes across the border

    Is that all you care about? Jesus, dude, there’s a quarter-million dead Americans who died because the current sitting president decided he knew more about infectious diseases than actual scientific experts. Do you think “the wall” would’ve prevented that? Christ, get a fucking clue: “The wall” was a campaign promise he never intended to follow through on but kept repeating at rallies because it got a reaction. He played you like a damn fiddle, and you let him.

    I know Trump voters who are great people

    They voted for an elderly game show host with no experience in either politics or public service to run a country because he promised to keep certain groups of people out of the country, punish people in those groups who were already in this country, and lock up people he hates only because he hates them. I wouldn’t call them “great people” if they were willing to vote for a man who they knew would intentionally inflict pain and suffering upon citizens and non-citizens alike while in office — then voted for him again after he had done so over the course of his four years in office.

    many of them want an end to the rampant crime wave in [Democrat-led] states

    And “red” states, they’re not dealing with crime waves and drug overdoses? Maybe wish for a president who will work for all Americans instead of only the ones you think are deserving of help.


    Random YouTube videos aren’t going to make me care about your claims, fam.

    I’m no fan of Joe Biden. Corruption or not, he is a barely-right-of-center Democrat who is only in office to stop the bleeding Trump has caused and hopefully turn things around to some semblance of normalcy and stability over the next four years. If you want the chaos and despair and hatred and utter heartlessness of the Trump administration for another four years, wait until 2024. I’m sure one of his idiot kids will run for the office, which means you can give your vote to a far more competent fascist.

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