One election fraud lawsuit featured Richard Hopkins, who signed an affidavit he had heard an Erie (PA) postmaster ordering workers to backdate mail-in ballots for the Election Day deadline. The statement was also used as a talking point for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and an excuse for AG Bill Barr to allow federal prosecutors to interfere in the election. Hopkins has not only withdrawn his sworn affidavit but also said Project Veritas, the conservative group legendary for manipulating media for falsehoods, wrote the affidavit. Hopkins can’t remember its contents.
“What is the downside for humoring him for this little bit of time? No one seriously thinks the results will change…He’s tweeting about filing some lawsuits, those lawsuits will fail, then he’ll tweet some more about how the election was stolen, and then he’ll leave.”
The frivolous, possibly illegal, litigation by DDT and the GOP can be identified by these characteristics:
The evidence Is so weak that judges dismiss claims as having no merit.
None of the cases will change the outcome of the election.
The arguments are “legal Hail Marys”—not even as good as long shots.
Cases attack votes only in places where DDT lost.
The purpose for the frivolous lawsuits:
Delaying the announcement of the results to make the transition harder for the next president.
Disrupting the Electoral College process to move the presidential election in control of state GOP legislatures instead of the state’s popular vote.
Hoping the declaration of “election fraud” will keep DDT from being called a “loser.”
Raising money for future GOP candidates—mostly DDT.