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Pennsylvania AG Challenges Trump’s Election Night Threat: ‘We’d Be Happy to Defeat You in Court One More Time’


President Donald Trump once again on Sunday criticized U.S. Supreme Court decisions allowing swing states Pennsylvania and North Carolina to count mail-in ballots that were sent before or by Election Day, but which may arrive a few days after Nov. 3. Trump promised to unleash teams of lawyers to challenge the results. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, hit back at the president a few hours later, daring Trump to follow through on his threat.

“I think it’s a terrible thing when ballots can be collected after an election. I think it’s a terrible thing when people or states are allowed to tabulate ballots for a long period of time after an election is over because it can only lead to one thing and that’s very bad—you know what that thing is—I think it’s a very dangerous, terrible thing, and I think it’s terrible when we can’t know the results of an election the night of the election in a modern day age of computer,” Trump said from the tarmac after landing in North Carolina.

“I think it was a terrible decision for our country. And I think it was a very dangerous decision for our country,” Trump said. “Because you’re going to have one or two or three states, depending on how it ends up, where they’re tabulating ballots and the rest of the world is waiting to find out. And I think there’s great danger to it, and I think a lot of fraud and misuse can take place. I think it’s a terrible decision by the Supreme Court. A terrible decision.”

As previously reported by Law&Crime, there is no evidence to support widespread fraud in relation to absentee ballots, nor has there been any evidence suggesting that the tabulation of valid ballots after Election Day would taint the results of the vote count.

“Now, I don’t know if that’s going to be changed, because we’re going to go in night of, as soon as that election is over, we’re going in with our lawyers,” Trump continued. “I don’t think it’s fair that we have to wait a long period of time after the election. Should’ve gotten their ballots in a long time before that. Could’ve gotten their ballots in a month ago. I think it’s a ridiculous decision.”

Pennsylvania attorney General Josh Shapiro countered the President’s threat with a “fact check” on Twitter, welcoming such a legal challenge.

“FACT CHECK: Our elections are over when all the votes are counted,” Shapiro wrote. “But if your lawyers want to try us, we’d be happy to defeat you in court one more time.”

Shapiro appeared on CNN ON Monday morning to again challenge the president.

“It’s not the president who picks the president, it’s the people who pick the president,” he said. “So Donald Trump can get out there and say whatever the hell he wants on election night, but the only thing that matters is when we’ve counted up all the legally eligible votes here in Pennsylvania and the other states and what the people have said. What the will of the people is.”

“I could care less what Donald Trump says—we will count these ballots and a proper winner will be certified,” he added.

[image via NBC News/YouTube screengrab]

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Jerry Lambe is a journalist at Law&Crime. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and New York Law School and previously worked in financial securities compliance and Civil Rights employment law.