UNITED STATES−On Monday, February 22, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas chastised the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the case of former President Donald Trump and GOP members vs. The State of Pennsylvania on accusations of voter fraud.
Signed affidavits reportedly confirmed votes in the state of Pennsylvania postmarked up to three days following the election were set aside prior to being counted in the 2021 presidential election.
The cases included the Republican Party vs. Veronica Degraffenreid, acting Secretary of Pennsylvania, and Jake Corman v. The Democratic Party of Pennsylvania.
“The motions of Donald J. Trump for President Inc. for leave to intervene as petitioner are dismissed as moot,” the SCOTUS orders reads.
In his dissent, Justice Thomas wrote, “The Pennsylvania Legislature established an unambiguous deadline for receiving mail-in ballots: 8 p.m. on election day. Dissatisfied, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court extended that deadline by three days. The court also ordered officials to count ballots received by the new deadline even if there was no evidence—such as a postmark—that the ballots were mailed by election day.”
Thomas added, “That decision to rewrite the rules seems to have affected too few ballots to change the outcome of any federal election. But that may not be the case in the future. These cases provide us with an ideal opportunity to address just what authority non-legislative officials have to set election rules and to do so well before the next election cycle. The refusal to do so is inexplicable.”
Trump, the Pennsylvania Republican Party, and others petitioned the court to review the Supreme Court’s decision. The defense argued that it was only 10,000 votes that arrived in that three-day window adding that Trump lost by far more and it would not have changed the outcome of the election.
Ben Shapiro posted video of the Michael Knowles Show where Justice Thomas was quoted saying, “An election free from strong evidence of systemic fraud is not alone sufficient for election confidence.”