Trump Surrogates Rage Against Fading Pennsylvania Hopes
Category: News & PoliticsVia: john-russell • 7 months ago • 7 comments
By: Josh Kovensky (TPM)
In a parking lot by a warehouse next to the Philadelphia airport, the Trump campaign made its last stand for Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, Eric Trump, former 2016 campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi all gathered to declare the state for Trump and rage against those in the media and political worlds who have been conspiring against them.
"We are going to file suit in Pennsylvania," fumed Eric Trump, referring to a Supreme Court bid that the Trump campaign filed to try to invalidate ballots arriving in the state after Nov. 4. "This is rampant corruption, and it can't happen," he yelled at a staccato pace, before adding that his dad would win the state.
Giuliani, playing with his glasses as he spoke, argued that Pennsylvania has "a reputation for dead people voting."
"We're going to go look at just how many dead people voted here," he said, before making a vague threat about filing a "national legal challenge."
But as Wednesday wears on, securing Pennsylvania looks to be a steeper and steeper climb for President Trump. Joe Biden has narrowed the margin between the two to 300,000 votes, according to an AP tally, with an estimated 86 percent of the vote counted. The outstanding votes are from areas that tend to favor the Democratic party, fueling the hopes of Biden advisers who see a victory in the state.
Of course, a Biden victory in a combination of other as-yet-uncalled states — Michigan among them — would render Pennsylvania unnecessary.
Giuliani continued, accusing Biden, not a member of the army of dead voters, of having voted 5,000 times in the Keystone State. And so halfway through Giuliani's remarks at the hastily convened event, Fox News interrupted with an update: it was calling Michigan for Biden.
"We are continuing to monitor Rudy Giuliani," said Neil Cavuto. "You might have noticed that something happened for Joe Biden. Our decision desk has taken a look at Michigan and concluded Joe Biden has won Michigan and gets the 16 electoral votes."
Per Fox News's count, which has already placed Arizona in Biden's column, that leaves the former vice president with only six electoral votes outstanding to win, raising the question of why Giuliani and company found themselves in a parking lot outside of Philadelphia to begin with.