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Rachel Maddow Shreds Donald Trump for Soliciting the Supreme Court on Twitter

Rachel Maddow Shreds Donald Trump for Soliciting the Supreme Court on Twitter

President Donald Trump was soundly defeated by President-Elect Joe Biden 306-232 in the Electoral College and by more than six million in the national popular vote. Although he has clung to his fantastical allegations of rampant voter fraud, no evidence of malfeasance has been found, including by Attorney General William Barr, a fierce Trump loyalist.

Still, Trump has maintained that the Supreme Court – to which he has added three right-wing Justices during his first term – will ultimately save him.

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On Monday night’s edition of The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, host Rachel Maddow shredded Trump’s legal team for using Twitter to convince the United States Supreme Court to – somehow – usurp the will of the American people and grant him a second term in office.

“You might have heard this weekend, after the Trump folks got smacked out of court twice in two days in Pennsylvania, including an opinion written by a Trump-appointed federal judge, you might have heard that at least that case, they were going to take ‘all the way to the Supreme Court!’ And ‘the Supreme Court would fix it and the Supreme Court will make Trump a second-term president!’ Well, those election losses were last week. It’s Monday night now,” said Maddow.

But Trump’s pipedream that the Supreme Court will overturn the 2020 election has not even been put down on paper, let alone submitted to the Court for consideration.

“They still haven’t even bothered to try to appeal it to the Supreme Court. They haven’t filed anything with the Supreme Court,” said Maddow.

Maddow pointed to a Monday editorial in the National Review, a conservative magazine, whose editorial board was “openly mocking that Supreme Court prospect from Trump now.”

The National Review wrote:

The idea as the Trump team stalwartly maintains that the Supreme Court is going to take up this case and issue a game-changing ruling is fantastical. Conservative judges have consistently rejected Trump’s flailing legal appeals, and the justices are unlikely to have a different reaction.

Trump’s most reprehensible tactic has been to attempt, somewhat shamefacedly, to get local Republican officials to block the certification of votes and state legislatures to appoint Trump electors in clear violation of the public will. This has gone nowhere, thanks to the honesty and sense of duty of most of the Republicans involved, but it’s a profoundly undemocratic move that we hope no losing presidential candidate ever even thinks of again.

Getting defeated in a national election is a blow to the ego of even the most thick-skinned politicians and inevitably engenders personal feelings of bitterness and anger. What America has long expected is that losing candidates swallow those feelings and at least pretend to be gracious. If Trump’s not capable of it, he should at least stop waging war on the outcome.

Maddow continued, noting that “the Trump team hasn’t actually even asked the Supreme Court to take up the case, except on Twitter, right? Which doesn’t actually count,” she said.

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“That’s not how you file an appeal at the Supreme Court. They don’t review your tweets to see if that’s your intention. There is actually some paperwork you have to do,” Maddow quipped. “Meanwhile, the transition is happening.”

In other words, Trump is running another scam.

Watch below, courtesy of Crooks and Liars:

Fifty days until the inauguration.

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