Kayleigh McEnany appeared on Fox News’ Hannity for the third night in a row waving three binders of affidavits and claiming election fraud, as Donald Trump was handed a minor legal victory in Pennsylvania.
The White House Press Secretary leveled fresh allegations of voter fraud Thursday night, claiming voters were subject to separate voting systems in parts of Pennsylvania depending on whether they were in red or blue counties.
McEnany claimed this led to ‘potentially tens of thousands of ballots’ being wrongly counted as she waved three binders of documents in the air, said to contain sworn statements from GOP poll watchers.
Her claims come as the Trump campaign celebrated a small win Thursday when a Pennsylvania judge ruled that a small number of ballots be tossed. The votes relate to people who missed a deadline to validate their ID.
However the ruling will do nothing to change Joe Biden’s 60,000-plus lead in the state as the ballots in question had already not been counted in official numbers.
Trump continues to refuse to concede, filing multiple legal challenges to have votes thrown out in states where Biden soared to victory.
So far, several of the claims have fallen short with a 94-year-old woman coming forward to say she cast one of the ballots Trump claims was cast by a dead person.
Two of the star GOP witnesses have also courted controversy with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s first witness turning out to be a convicted child sex offender. Meanwhile a Michigan mailman who filed an affidavit saying he overheard a conversation about backdating ballots later admitted to investigators he ‘put two and two together’ and made assumptions.
Kayleigh McEnany appeared on Fox News’ Hannity for the third night in a row waving three binders of affidavits and claiming election fraud, as Donald Trump was handed a minor legal victory in Pennsylvania
Speaking to Sean Hannity, a close ally of Trump, Thursday night, McEnany alleged that voting rules had been different in Pennsylvania counties depending on whether the counties were Republican or Democrat.
‘Voting is a fundamental right and that means there has to be uniform standards throughout the state of Pennsylvania, but what we saw here and we have the evidence to prove it is this, there was one system for Democrat counties, there was another system for Republican counties,’ she said.
‘You had the courts in Pennsylvania saying there’s no way to fix your mail-in ballot in advance, except as we have now found out in seven Democrat counties.’
McEnany claimed voters in Democrat counties were warned if their ballot had been canceled so they could fix it in advance while voters in Republican counties learned after the voting deadline had been and gone.
‘We have text messages that I provided your producers, emails that are in our affidavits sworn that show that Democrat voters were being contacted – in some cases by Democrat campaigners – and they were voters in Democrat counties, they were contacted saying ‘your ballot has been canceled, you need to come fix it’,’ she said.
‘We have other affidavits that people in Republican leaning counties that say tonight I voted for 15 years, 15 years absentee, I want to turn in my ballot and was informed after the election it was canceled with no opportunity to fix it in advance.’
McEnany also added another allegation that votes missing signatures, dates, and addresses were counted in Democrat counties as well.
The White House Press Secretary leveled fresh allegations of voter fraud Thursday night, claiming voters were subject to separate voting systems in parts of Pennsylvania depending on whether they were in red or blue counties
‘This is an equal protection violation and Sean let me add one more thing that is a new part of our filing tonight,’ she said.
‘We believe in the accounting process, that the ballots without signatures, dates, and addresses which are required by law were counted in some Democrat counties but not in some Republican counties.’
The press secretary said this ‘would amount to potentially tens of thousands of ballots that were counted improperly’.
McEnany did not provide any evidence to back up her claims but proudly waved three binders in the air.
‘I have three binders. These are court filings and affidavits – they are startling Sean,’ she told Hannity.
She went on to hit out at the Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar calling her an ‘avowed anti-Trump leftist’ and claiming the election was ‘rigged’ from the outset.
Boockvar had tried to extend the deadline for people needing to validate their IDs against state records from Monday November 9 to Thursday November 13.
Commonwealth Court President Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt ruled against Boockvar and in favor of Trump Thursday, meaning anyone who missed Monday’s deadline will have their votes thrown out.
The Philadelphia Convention center where votes were being counted. The Trump campaign celebrated a small win Thursday when a Pennsylvania judge ruled that a small number of ballots be tossed. The votes relate to people who missed a deadline to validate their ID
‘What was she doing in advance? Telling the Supreme Court we won’t count these ballots, we will put them to the side of they come in three days late then changing her guidance,’ fumed McEnany, adding that the ruling was ‘a big victory for the Trump campaign’.
It is not clear how many American’s votes were impacted by the ruling but it won’t make a dent in Biden’s victory.
The votes in question had not yet been included in the state’s official tally so his 60,233 current lead remains untouched.
This didn’t stop both McEnany and Trump counsel Matt Morgan celebrating the ruling, however, with Morgan telling reporters it was ‘a win for the Trump campaign and voters alike.’
Pennsylvania flipped blue for Biden last week after it turned in 2016 for the first time since 1948.
So far, several of the claims have fallen short with a 94-year-old woman coming forward to say she cast one of the ballots Trump claims was cast by a dead person. The Trump War Room claimed a vote was cast for Mr. James Blalock despite him having passed away in 2016. In fact, his widow says she is the one who cast the ballot legitimately
The state has become a key target of Trump’s voter fraud claims with at least 15 legal challenges filed in the state since it was called for Biden on Saturday and its 20 electoral college votes pushed him over the 270 college vote margin to victory.
Biden’s lead in the state has grown further as the week has gone on, while the votes left to be counted are in Philadelphia and Allegheny County – both of which are also expected to lean further toward Biden.
McEnany has appeared on Hannity for the last three nights as the Trump campaign continues to push unfounded claims that Trump lost the election due to voter fraud.
She revealed 234 pages of affidavits Tuesday before quoting from some of the pages Wednesday night – despite no actual fraud being described in them.
She also alleged that there was evidence of racial abuse toward black Trump supporters in precinct in Wayne County, Michigan, where Detroit is located, as well as an Asian-American man receiving five minutes of abuse.
McEnany appears to be speaking in a personal capacity and not as White House press secretary.
The attorney – a Harvard law graduate who got in on a transfer – is forbidden under the Hatch Act from political work while on the government payroll.
Donald Trump has refused to concede and has leveled a series of claims about election fraud, without providing evidence
STATE-BY-STATE: WHERE TRUMP IS SUING AND HOW IT’S GOING
BIDEN MAJORITY TRUMP NEEDS TO OVERTURN: 47,620
On Monday the Trump campaign filed their big shot at overturning all mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania, claiming that Democratic and Republican counties did not administer them in the same way; instances of fraud; and that poll watchers could not see them being counted. On that basis, they say, the results should not be certified on November 23
The case faces an uphill struggle. The Supreme Court has already allowed mail-in ballots to be issued in Pennsylvania, and the claim of poll watchers not seeing them being counted had failed before when a Trump lawyer last Friday agreed that a ‘non-zero number’ of Republicans had observed the count in Philadelphia.
The new suit provided no actual evidence of fraud. It did include a claim by an Erie mailman that he had heard his supervisors talking about illegally backdating ballots; he was said to have recanted that claim when questioned by U.S. Postal Inspectors.
Trump’s campaign last Wednesday filed a motion to intervene in a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging a decision from the state’s highest court that allowed election officials to count mail-in ballots postmarked by Tuesday’s Election Day that were delivered through Friday.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Friday night ordered county election boards in the state to separate mail-in ballots received after 8 p.m. EST on Election Day.
Pennsylvania election officials have said those ballots were already being separated.
The justices previously ruled there was not enough time to decide the merits of the case before Election Day but indicated they might revisit it afterwards.
Alito, joined by fellow conservative Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch, said in a written opinion that there was a ‘strong likelihood’ the Pennsylvania court’s decision violated the U.S. Constitution.
Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar has said late-arriving ballots are a tiny proportion of the overall vote in the state.
Rudy Giuliani unveiled a ‘witness’ to his claims – a Republican poll watcher – on Saturday but the man, Daryl Brooks, has not been included in any legal papers. He was previously convicted of exposing himself to underage girls.
BIDEN MAJORITY TRUMP NEEDS TO OVERTURN: 12,813
Trump’s campaign said last Saturday it had sued in Arizona, alleging that the state’s most populous county incorrectly rejected votes cast on Election Day by some voters.
The lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court in Maricopa County, said poll workers told some voters to press a button after a machine had detected an ‘overvote.’
The campaign said that decision disregarded voters’ choices in those races, and the lawsuit suggested those votes could prove ‘determinative’ in the outcome of the presidential race.
It is a modification of an earlier suit which was submitted and then withdrawn claiming that Trump voters were given sharpies to mark their ballots and claiming this made them more prone to error. The ‘sharpie-gate’ claims have n basis in fact, Arizona’s secretary of state says.
BIDEN MAJORITY TRUMP NEEDS TO OVERTURN: 36,726
A voter, a member of the media and two candidate campaigns sued Nevada’s secretary of state and other officials to prevent the use of a signature-verification system in populous Clark County and to provide public access to vote counting.
A federal judge rejected the request on Friday, saying there was no evidence the county was doing anything unlawful.
No new suits have been lodged so far.
Trump campaign officials have also claimed evidence that non-residents have voted but have not sued.
BIDEN MAJORITY TRUMP NEEDS TO OVERTURN: 14,111
The Trump campaign on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in state court in Chatham County that alleged late-arriving ballots were improperly mingled with valid ballots, and asked a judge to order late-arriving ballots be separated and not be counted.
The case was dismissed on Thursday. No new suits have been filed. The state is going to a recount.
The two Republican senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, called for the GOP Secretary of State to quit claiming there were election irregularities Monday. They offered no evidence and he scoffed: ‘That’s not going to happen.’
BIDEN MAJORITY TRUMP NEEDS TO OVERTURN: 148,645
On Monday Trump filed a federal case alleging fraud and then later a separate demand that the votes are not certified on November 23.
In the first case, one witness – possibly misgendered by the Trump lawyers – claimed that they had been told by another person that mysterious ballots arrived late on vehicles with out of state plates and all were for Biden; that they had seen voters coached to vote for Biden; and that they were told to process ballots without any checks.
It also included poll watchers and ‘challengers’ who said they could not get close enough to see what was happening.
A federal judge has yet to issue any response on when and how it will be looked into.
Trump’s campaign last Wednesday filed a lawsuit in Michigan to halt the vote count in the state. The lawsuit alleged that campaign poll watchers were denied ‘meaningful access’ to counting of ballots, plus access to surveillance video footage of ballot drop boxes.
On Thursday, Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens dismissed the case, saying there was no legal basis or evidence to halt the vote and grant requests.
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE
The U.S. Postal Service said about 1,700 ballots had been identified in Pennsylvania at processing facilities during two sweeps on Thursday and were being delivered to election officials, according to a court filing early Friday.
The Postal Service said 1,076 ballots, had been found at its Philadelphia Processing and Distribution Center. About 300 were found at the Pittsburgh processing center, 266 at a Lehigh Valley facility and others at other Pennsylvania processing centers.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington is overseeing a lawsuit by Vote Forward, the NAACP, and Latino community advocates.
Sullivan on Thursday ordered twice-daily sweeps at Postal Service facilities serving states with extended ballot receipt deadlines.
The judge plans to hold a status conference on Monday.