Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove said that there is “no evidence” of systematic voter fraud in a Thursday column in the Wall Street Journal.
“To win, Mr. Trump must prove systematic fraud, with illegal votes in the tens of thousands,” Rove said in the Wall Street Journal. “There is no evidence of that so far.”
“Unless some emerges quickly, the president’s chances in court will decline precipitously when states start certifying results, as Georgia will on Nov. 20, followed by Pennsylvania and Michigan on Nov. 23, Arizona on Nov. 30, and Wisconsin and Nevada on Dec. 1,” he continued. “By seating one candidate’s electors, these certifications will raise the legal bar to overturn state results and make it even more difficult for Mr. Trump to prevail before the Electoral College meets Dec. 14.” (RELATED: Trump Launches Last-Ditch Legal Effort In 4 States)
President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that there was voter fraud in the presidential election. He has called it a “rigged election,” said that he “easily” won Pennsylvania and Michigan – both of which were called for Joe Biden – because poll watchers were not allowed in to observe polling locations, and told his followers on Twitter to “watch for massive ballot counting abuse.”
People will not accept this Rigged Election! https://t.co/XQAOIt5ZwU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2020
The Trump campaign has filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona and Nevada over concerns about election fraud and transparency. In Georgia, voters will automatically be recounted due to the closeness of the race. Despite the Trump campaign’s insistence that there was widespread voter fraud, the lawsuits do not include specific evidence of fraud.
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is correct that Mr. Trump is ‘100% within his rights’ to go to court over concerns about fraud and transparency,” Rove wrote. “But the president’s efforts are unlikely to move a single state from Mr. Biden’s column, and certainly they’re not enough to change the final outcome.”
“Closing out this election will be a hard but necessary step toward restoring some unity and political equilibrium,” he continued. “Once his days in court are over, the president should do his part to unite the country by leading a peaceful transition and letting grievances go.”