CNN Fact-Checker Expertly Debunks Trump's Lie-Riddled Supreme Court Brief in Support of Overturning Election
Outgoing President Donald Trump filed to intervene as a plaintiff in the Supreme Court case filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton against four swing states, falsely claiming these states violated federal law with pandemic-era changes to its election procedures.
So far, Trump's legal team has lost in court 55 out of 56 times, and the near-unanimous consensus of experts is that the case likely won't be granted standing before the nation's highest court. Citing the argument's faulty calculations and constitutional opposition to states dictating the election procedures of other states.
Unlike Trump's lie-ridden Twitter feed falsely asserting that widespread voter fraud coordinated by Democrats tipped the election to Biden, the President's latest argument doesn't explicitly claim fraud occurred at all. Rather, Trump's lawyers claim the changes in each state's election procedures rendered any fraud that might have occurred undetectable, and therefore the results—and tens of millions of votes—should be overturned.
Though the argument may have been different from the ones he spouts on Twitter, the amount of inaccuracies and even outright lies included in the briefing were astounding to CNN fact checker Daniel Dale.
CNN's @ddale8 fact-checks President Trump's falsehood-filled Supreme Court brief. https://t.co/V8a2f2zK6h pic.twitter.com/CmGxZVNcGc
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) December 11, 2020
"I don't usually have to fact check court briefs. They may make dubious legal arguments, but they don't usually just make up a bunch of facts. This Trump brief does that. It's filled with total nonsense. It's kind of like a lawyer took Trump's Twitter feed and polished it up into legal language."
Dale noted the erroneous claim in the brief that no presidential candidate had ever won the states of Florida and Ohio but lost the election, as Trump did. Dale pointed out that Richard Nixon lost to John F. Kennedy in 1960, despite winning the two states.
Furthermore, he noted:
"Even if that claim was right, who cares? That would be an interesting fact, not evidence of fraud in 2020."
He went on to point out the brief's many other falsehoods, especially about the security of ballot boxes and signature matching. Soon enough, anchor Brooke Baldwin asked if he needed water.
But after listing six lies in three minutes, a near-breathless Dale concluded with one true claim: Trump won 18 of the 19 "bellwether" counties—or counties which swung to the winner in every election from 1980 to 2016—in the 2020 election.
Sadly for Trump, this is irrelevant:
"Again, who cares? As demographics change, as politics change, preferences change, bellwether counties can cease to be bellwethers for all sorts of entirely boring reasons, so this data point is an interesting thing for pundits to talk about but it doesn't say anything about whether this election was free and fair, and Brooke, as we know, this election was indeed free and fair."
Dale added one more sentiment when he shared the video on Twitter.
People applauded his way of cutting through said nonsense.
You are very good, but the end with you and @BrookeBCNN was HILARIOUS! https://t.co/MhUkvUqmlj
— Jo Del (@JoDel2u) December 11, 2020
Others were equally flabbergasted with the misinformation.
OMG. Someone needs to stop this farce from going any further. Isn't there someone out there who can lawfully end this now? https://t.co/Ec7RwSX2Hg
— Kathy K 🌊🌊🌊 (@Katmai1113) December 11, 2020
Shameless. Who can support this? Oh, right... https://t.co/3WD01SlCEn
— 🗞Bill Goodykoontz 💻 (@goodyk) December 11, 2020
Just soooooo much non-sense. https://t.co/x9xpxsj9CS
— Bridget Niland (@bridgeniland) December 11, 2020
How much more insanity must we endure? https://t.co/8PyHT5nqYo
— Lyn Gianni (@LynGianni) December 11, 2020
After Dale emphasized that the 2020 election was free and fair, Baldwin asked if he wanted to say that again.
"No, I'm done," he responded.
Hours after Dale's segment, the Supreme Court rejected the Texas lawsuit, effectively ending Trump's hopes of subverting the will of the people and securing another four years in the White House.
Here's the Supreme Court order rejecting Texas' attempt to throw out the results of the presidential election in four other states. The court declines to hear it; the only dispute is a technical one over the manner by which it is killed.
It's over.https://t.co/3oCkbXaYyS pic.twitter.com/RGxgHMA1zH
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) December 11, 2020