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Amid legal humiliation, Trump keeps trolling America

WASHINGTON: A federal judge in Pennsylvania delivered a stinging rebuke on Saturday to US President Donald Trump and his efforts to subvert election results, but the public humiliation notwithstanding, the defeated candidate and his campaign lawyers continued to troll the nation with wild conspiracy theories they have been unable to prove in court.

In an embarrassing smackdown for Trump, Judge Matthew Brann threw his case out, ruling "This court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by evidence."

The judge also said that granting relief would have meant invalidating the ballots of every person who voted in Pennsylvania while noting, "Rather than requesting that their votes be counted, they (Trump lawyers) seek to discredit scores of other votes, but only for one race. This is simply not how the Constitution works."The chiding by Judge Matthew Brann was so severe that Trump minions immediately accused him of being an Obama-appointed judge -- except it turns out he is a deeply conservative Republican and a member of the Federalist society whose name was proposed by Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania's GOP Senator.

Toomey himself urged Trump to give up his fight, saying “with today’s decision by Judge Brann, a longtime conservative R whom I know to be a fair and unbiased jurist, to dismiss the Trump campaign’s lawsuit, President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pa.”

But the suggestion only enraged Trump, whose legal strategies have now assumed farcical dimensions. Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani's press conference, with sweat and hair dye dripping down his face, has become fodder for late-night comics, even as Trump continues to avoid questions from the media more than two weeks after he conclusively lost the election but refuses to concede with allegations that are seen as bogus by most rational analysts, including conservative icons. 

By one count the Trump campaign has now lost more than 30 cases challenging the result of the election, which most of the world, including India, has recognized and reached out to Joe Biden as the President-elect.

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