Ballot counting is currently underway to determine the victor in the 2020 presidential election. Despite having a solid lead in Pennsylvania as of Election Night, President Donald Trump is fighting to keep things fair against his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
On Thursday, the Trump campaign earned an important legal victory when a Pennsylvania appellate court ruled that the campaign must be permitted to observe the vote counting process. This is one important win in a state where Trump’s lead is shrinking as mail-in ballots are processed.
Big legal win in Pennsylvania!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2020
Many states are still tallying their ballots in tight races, and the Trump campaign is initiating legal action to keep the process transparent and honest in places like Georgia, Nevada and Michigan. However, Pennsylvania is an especially important state for him as voter fraud is a concern. In just one instance, it was found that 21,000 dead people may have voted in the swing state’s last election.
Still, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny is not on board with the campaign’s efforts to ensure fairness. Kenny urged Trump to “put his big boy pants on” and “acknowledge the fact that he lost and congratulate the winner” despite the ongoing legal action and ballot counting.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny says that President Trump needs to “put his big boy pants on and he needs to acknowledge the fact that the lost…”
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 6, 2020
The Trump campaign had previously filed a separate lawsuit contending that Democratic Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar unlawfully extended the time frame for accepting mail-in ballots. The U.S. Supreme Court had upheld a decision to allow ballots to be accepted days after Election Day, The New York Times reported.
As of Friday afternoon, Biden had taken a narrow lead over Trump in Pennsylvania. The two candidates were still separated by a little more than 13,000 votes with 4% of the votes still outstanding.
Georgia announced it will recount its votes since Biden and the president were separated by only 1,600 votes, well within the .5% threshold under the state’s law. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the state remained “too close to call” when he announced the recount.
It is still too early to know what the outcome will be of these lawsuits and recounts. What we do know is that the partisan divide and hatred for Trump has reached a crescendo. Regardless of who wins, it remains to be seen exactly how the nation will be put back together again.