A federal appeals court on Friday dismissed the Trump campaign’s appeal in Pennsylvania, writing that the case lacked evidence and had no merit, and dealt another blow to the president’s diminishing legal avenues to challenge the election result.
The Philadelphia-based Third Circuit Court of Appeals for the United States said in its ruling that the Trump campaign did not allege fraud or that votes were cast by illegal voters. The court noted that the number of ballots the campaign contested was well below Joe Biden’s margin of victory in the state.
“Calling an unfair election doesn’t make it that way,” Trump-appointed U.S. circuit judge Stephanos Bibas wrote for the three-judge panel. “Charges require specific allegations and then evidence. We have neither here.
Judge Bibas was accompanied by Judge Michael Chagares and Chief Justice D. Brooks Smith, both appointed by George W. Bush.
The decision leaves the Trump campaign with a few remaining legal options. He could appeal to the United States Supreme Court, which would then decide whether or not to take the case. Jenna Ellis, a legal advisor to Trump, wrote on Twitter after the decision: “TO SCOTUS!”