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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    Anonymous, 14 Nov 2020 @ 8:32pm

    Obviously the author and many commenters hate Trump.

    So reading all the comments and the article I thoughtt I would chime in.

    You know what? I don't think Trump is leaving anytime soon, and I'll be glad if he stays. There's a criminal investigation of the Bidens and other sources involving actual fraud, unlike the unproven court distraction filings used to delay state certification.

    As for the comments from the Trump supporter mobbed by haters, just give up. There's too much bias for Biden to get them to listen and understand that Trump is the better candidate, even if he's not the perfect one. I'm sure they'll make fun of me for sticking up for you.

    This article was written with the mentality that "oh, hey lets trash Trump" and ad a swipe insult at his family too to add insult to injury. Was it o purpose, of course, the author hates Trump.

    Trump is a smart guy and many of his supporters are too. Trump is stalling state certification if he cannot get victories from the remaining undecided states. Even if that fails, I am certain that he will not concede power to the corrupt Biden administration attempting to succeed him. The million MAGA march proves Trump's support is strong and so long as he has this kind of support, I doubt he'll go anywhere.

    I didn't vote for Trump in 2016. I voted for Jill Stein because Hillary was too corrupt and a warmonger( I think about her laughing like an evil villain when Libya's leader died). But Biden's too corrupt to have gained my support this year to have voted for anyone else but Trump. I blame the DNC for forcing my decision on that, their party's head and close DNC party leaders vowed to never allow Sanders to be a nominee, and of course, they (the DNC and their media allies) screwed Tulsi Gabbard out by arbitrarily shutting her out of debates even though she qualified.

    In addition, mentioned in earlier comments by another user I noticed he mentioned about the wall needing to be built to prevent crime from coming through the border into our country, he's right. Also, almost every law enforcement agency nationwide backed Trump, because they knew he was the better choice.

    Finally, with the knowledge that the corrupt entertainment industry wants a political puppet(Joe Biden) to push their draconian bills such as SOPA, etc. For me, it was a no brainer to pick Trump. I just wish Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard teamed up and had of went third party or independent, then hands down they would have had my vote.

    Go ahead and do your worst with your hateful comments for being a patriot and saying what I've said and voting for Trump. I'm waiting for all the untrue slander and statements that I didn't say under copy/pasted text I've written like the other comments. I'm not going to prove anything to you over your arguments etc, I'm just making a statement and that statement is, I VOTED FOR TRUMP AND I AM NOT AFRAID TO ADMIT IT AND THERE IS NOTHING YOU COULD SAY TO ME TO CHANGE MY MIND THAT BIDEN IS THE BETTER CANDIDATE WHEN HE'S NOT.

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