Non-lawyer followers: this litigation (in all the states) is truly blowing my mind. It's as if you're playing chess and your opponent lets off a whoopie cushion, throws a Zebra Cake on the board, and then runs off without pants and says they won. I don't know what else to say.— Raffi Melkonian (@RMFifthCircuit) November 19, 2020
When I was practicing law (this anecdote will tell you how long ago THAT was), I attended a CLE (Continuing Legal Education) where a speaker at the lunch break, knowing how dazed we were by the morning's events and then the forgettable meal, played a clip from "Matlock," the then popular TV lawyer show starring Andy Griffith. Matlock was in the courtroom, being challenged to present evidence for something he'd just declared to be true. "Oh, I've got evidence. I'VE GOT EVIDENCE!," Matlock declared as he waved a sheaf of papers in the air.
The room exploded in laughter. Nothing like that ever occurs in a courtroom. You can't argue your case through your lawyer, not in the middle of the trial when evidence is being taken. And you can't declare you "have evidence." It has to be presented according to the rules of evidence and procedure. Trials are, in fact, Andrew Sorkin notwithstanding, very dull proceedings that even judges (I've seen it!) struggle to stay awake through (especially when the judge expects the jury to pay attention, so he doesn't have to).
Rudy Giuliani is a TV lawyer, not a real one.
OTOH, the other lawyers are not any better:
Giuliani, complaining that mail-in ballots offer opportunities for voter fraud: “That could’ve been Mickey Mouse. That could’ve been a dead person. That could’ve been not filled out properly. That could’ve been the same person 30x. And all these things have happened, by the way.”— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) November 19, 2020
Since these machines were also used for votes that led to Republican wins, Powell is calling into question everything the GOP won too https://t.co/L4oi8N1mzm— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 19, 2020
It would change the results if we took out California, too. Or Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan. There is no legal vehicle for doing that, though (aside from the blatant racism).
It's wild to watch Republicans be so openly racist about not counting the votes of Black voters and everyone is collectively like "meh" 🤷🏾♀️ https://t.co/GmFZknbiIM— Erin Maye Quade (@ErinMayeQuade) November 19, 2020
I had no idea Giuliani was this insane.
If it pleases your honor, they threw snowballs at Santa once, ergo, voter fraud https://t.co/9FeCOrYdGe— Don "Big Chooch" Moynihan (@donmoyn) November 19, 2020
BWAHAHAHAHAHA-HAHAHAHAHAH-HAHAHAHAHA!! Whew! Wait a minute. Lemme catch my breath.
"This is an elite, strikeforce team" 😆😭 pic.twitter.com/4YF2fARxgi— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 19, 2020
And he hired these clowns to do that? By the way, this is important:
Giuliani is explicitly saying that Trump's goal is to "overturn the election" pic.twitter.com/U2osm6qiC5— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 19, 2020
Here’s calendar on when states certify — Georgia is tomorrow. Pa and Mich Monday. https://t.co/Jruh4QJlNT— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) November 19, 2020
He'd better hurry.
"We're about to file a major lawsuit in Georgia. I don't need to go through it," Giuliani says as the state is set to announce the results of its hand recount, which involved hundreds of poll workers checking ballots. Joe Biden still going to win the state.— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) November 19, 2020
And get his stories straight. Not that he can do anything in Georgia anyway.
At this presser, Rudy Giuliani keeps claiming voter fraud in Philadelphia, but he said this to a Pennsylvania court: “This is not a fraud case.”— Jason Donner (@jason_donner) November 19, 2020
Rudy Giuliani doesn't understand how signature-matching works under Georgia law. Signatures are verified BEFORE ballots are counted. They cannot be checked again in a recount under GA constitution that protects secrecy of a voter's identity. Ballot is detached after verification.— Brendan Keefe (@BrendanKeefe) November 19, 2020
Meanwhile, Rudy's performance draws attention to the important things:
Giuliani et al has had many opportunities to prove fraud in court, and they have failed. Over and over again. Why? Because there is no evidence that it happened in any measurable amount. None.— Amy Gardner (@AmyEGardner) November 19, 2020
We regret to inform you it's even worse on video: pic.twitter.com/OY3dGL1BtX— The Recount (@therecount) November 19, 2020
When the most important thing is how thoroughly incompetent and embarassing these people are:
Someone not at the presser can now be heard on the Trump campaign's live stream:— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) November 19, 2020
“See fuckin’ Rudy’s hair dye dripping down his face?”
Asked by OAN about "where is the FBI," Giuliani pretends to look around the room for microphones, then bashes the FBI pic.twitter.com/UEtS52JuHN— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 19, 2020
Sombeody doesn't understand the legal process, and it appears to be the lawyers at the microphone.
"Your question is fundamentally flawed, when you're asking, 'where's the evidence?' You clearly don't understand the legal process" -- Jenna Ellis pic.twitter.com/I4n9G59Zwa— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 19, 2020
Truth still hurts, huh, Rudy? Before we go, let's get a few more details of this trainwreck on the record:
"We're headed to a very bad place," Giuliani says. And with that the news conference is finally over. pic.twitter.com/NiS4JCnYTO— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 19, 2020
Repeating myself from earlier: affidavits ain't magic beans:
Giuliani's remarks today repeated allegations from various court cases that judges have rejected or, as happened in MI today, the campaign has dropped altogether. Giuliani vaguely says they're "about to" file suit in GA and will "more than probably" file suit in AZ— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) November 19, 2020
And this is why they are losing in court after court:
Giuliani is citing an affidavit filed by an election worker in Detroit that he says offers proof of fraud. Here are the excerpts from the court opinion explaining why the claims in this affidavit weren't persuasive or were altogether disproven by evidence from election officials pic.twitter.com/TymClkENKe— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) November 19, 2020
And when they aren't dismissing their own cases, their cases are being dismissed. If you can't get to a full trial, the fault is in your case(s), not in the legal system.
Back to the MI case — Ellis says Wayne County is not going to certify the election results. Wayne County *did* certify the results. MI SoS says there is no legal mechanism for county canvassing board members to rescind their votes after the fact— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) November 19, 2020
Of course he was. On the other hand, Giuliani was right; we are headed to a very bad place.
The president was extremely excited about this press conference before it began, aides said.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 19, 2020
Sorry to be Mr No Fun Twitter Guy, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Giuliani trying to overturn a democratic election so that Trump can stay president without the votes is not just a wacky good times sideshow, however ineptly he may be doing it— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) November 19, 2020
It does, actually.
The degree of dishonesty, derangement, and depravity displayed by @realDonaldTrump's legal exceeds the imaginable.— George Conway (@gtconway3d) November 19, 2020