Thankfully, we have three branches of government.
While the executive branch brazenly attempts to overturn the results of our democratically held election, and the feckless legislative branch does nothing to stop it, it has been America’s judicial branch that has stepped in to save the day.
Judges across the country are putting the president and his hapless attorneys in their place by shutting down their attempts to overthrow the incoming government.
Most notably, District Court Judge Matthew Brann on Saturday eviscerated the Trump campaign’s feeble effort to invalidate millions of votes in Pennsylvania. Brann, himself a Republican, called Trump’s case for what it was: An attempt to disenfranchise the electorate.
It was the latest in a long line of defeats for Trump. It seems Mitch McConnell’s court-packing operation over the last four years has not been enough to allow the president to override the will of the American people. His sad excuse for a legal team, what’s left of it, is being laughed out of courtrooms nationwide.
This is why we have three co-equal branches of government. For this reason. Right now.
The judicial branch is doing its job, acting as a Constitutional backstop for when the other two branches fail. As a result, Donald Trump is running out of options. His longshot hope of coercing swing states into ignoring their popular vote and sending slates of Trump electors to the Electoral College on Dec. 14 is fading fast.
Over the last two weeks, since every major news network called the race for former Vice President Joe Biden, Donald Trump has mounted what will go down as the planet’s most pathetic, inept, disorganized and drawn-out coup attempt ever.
First, he prematurely proclaimed victory on election night, before all the votes had been counted. Since then, he has promulgated the lie repeatedly on his Twitter account. Not a day goes by in which the social-media giant doesn’t slap a warning label on the vast majority of the president’s tweets and retweets.
Trump has somehow convinced a lowly bureaucrat at the General Services Administration to not sign off on the paperwork that would ascertain Biden’s victory and release desperately needed resources to his transition team. Members of his cabinet and staff continue to make off-the-wall remarks indicating that Trump will continue to be president after Jan. 20.
For his current strategy to succeed, Trump would somehow need to overturn the popular vote in multiple swing states. He must flip 38 electors to win outright, or 37 to throw the race to the House of Representatives, which would almost certainly result in a Trump victory.
Trump’s legal freak show has alleged Democrats successfully engineered massive voter fraud in multiple states, but they have offered zero evidence. They also haven’t delivered an explanation as to how Democrats could have used their talents to oust Trump, yet still lose seats in the House and fail to flip the Senate.
Judge Brann was much more blunt in his 37-page ruling, writing that the Trump campaign: “strained legal arguments without merit and…unsupported by evidence.”
“In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populous state,” Brann wrote. “Our people, laws and institutions demand more.”
Courts require proof. Baseless conspiracy theories don’t fly with America’s judges, like they might on Facebook, Twitter, Fox News, Newsmax, One America News and with Trump’s rabid, hard-core, ignorant cult following.
Thankfully, our nation’s judges have the backbone and wherewithal that has been so lacking among Republican lawmakers all these years.
Come Jan. 20, we will all owe them a debt of gratitude.