After an appellate judge ruled that Trump’s team could observe ballots being counted in Pennsylvania, the ruling wasn’t being enforced by election officials. Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said that she and other members of President Trump’s team wouldn’t leave the state until “they declare we won.”
“The Trump campaign won a massive legal battle on Thursday, allowing Republican observers to be six feet from the ballot-counting process in the hotly contested state of Pennsylvania.
Previously, observers were pushed back from 16 to 100 feet away from the ballot counting process.
The legal order, however, is not being effectively enforced, former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi argued. While they pushed barricades around the ballot counting to six feet, she said, the ballot machines have been pushed to the back of the room, far beyond the six-feet barrier outlined in the legal ruling.
“Philadelphia update!!! Judge orders observers allowed in ballot counting! We were still Denied access so ALL voting has ceased!” Bondi celebrated on Twitter at around 11 a.m. Eastern Time.
“We plan on entering that building right now and legally observing,” Bondi also said, according to the New York Daily News. “If there is one illegal vote cast, it takes away from the great men and women of Pennsylvania who came out and issued a legal vote.”
— Pam Bondi (@PamBondi) November 5, 2020
Adding an “update” nearly two hours later, Bondi claimed: “This is a JOKE. They moved the fence up but moved the ballot machines back!!”
“This is offensive for the great people of Pennsylvania who voted and deserve a fair election,” the Republican added.
Update: This is a JOKE. They moved the fence up but moved the ballot machines back!! This is offensive for the great people of Pennsylvania who voted and deserve a fair election. @realDonaldTrump @TeamTrump
— Pam Bondi (@PamBondi) November 5, 2020
Watch Lewandowski & Bondi speak.
“The Sheriff of your county will not come down and enforce a court order. What is going on in this city?! What are you hiding?!”
"The Sheriff of your county will not come down and enforce a court order. What is going on in this city?! What are you hiding?!"
Trump Campaign FIRED UP Over 'Funny Business' In Pennsylvania pic.twitter.com/A6BYbCH6N5
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 5, 2020
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Corey Lewandowski later posted a video of Bondi and himself speaking with a private lawyer working on behalf of the city about the order.
“Here in Philadelphia with Former Democratic Candidate for Judge Michelle Hangley who is paid for by city tax payer money while refusing to allow us to meaningfully observe a court order,” he captioned the video. “Ask why?”
In the video, Hangley contends they are not “violating” the order.
🚨 Here in Philadelphia with Former Democratic Candidate for Judge Michelle Hangley who is paid for by city tax payer money while refusing to allow us to meaningfully observe a court order.
— Corey R. Lewandowski (@CLewandowski_) November 5, 2020
“The order being flagrantly ignored by the Democratic administration,” lawyer Ron Coleman argued.
“They are ignoring the order while appealing to the PA Supreme Court – even though there’s no stay in place,” he added.
— Ron Coleman (@RonColeman) November 5, 2020
“Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi insisted Thursday that she and others representing President Donald Trump will remain in Pennsylvania and won’t go anywhere until “they declare we won.”
“They are trying to suppress us from coming in even to the convention center [in Philadelphia] where the ballots are being counted,” Bondi said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.” “The law makes it very clear in the U.S. Constitution the legislature, they are the ones who determine the manner of votes.”
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, she added, has “tried to change the rules of the game” and “that is not her job.”
Trump’s side will present its case in state court this morning to appeal access to vote-counting procedures, she added.
“What I saw on the ground yesterday should not happen to any candidate, Democrat or Republican, in this country,” she said. “You are allowed to observe the process when your votes are being counted. We followed all the rules.”
The Trump poll watchers are “not a mob,” but are 15 people who are “well-educated, prepared on the issues.”
Observers want to see if ballots that came in late were stamped property, but they have been placed so far away that they can’t see anything, she added.”
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