Former President Donald Trump, his campaign and the Republican National Committee won a round in federal court on Friday against the NAACP and associated plaintiffs, who sued Trump’s efforts to challenge the vote count in several states.
The lawsuit targeted Republican attempts to challenge vote counts in several states and metro areas where Democrats had turned in their own voters en masse. The plaintiffs alleged that Trump’s challenges “aimed to overturn the outcome of the election by disenfranchising voters, particularly voters of color in several major metropolitan areas.”
Then-candidate Joe Biden bragged in 2020 that he hired hundreds of lawyers to mount challenges in case Trump won the election. Additionally, Democrats have focused their turnout efforts in states with large urban populations. And Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have spent hundreds of millions of dollars getting voters to vote in Democratic-heavy counties in key states. Mail-in mass voting has also come under scrutiny in states where it was first attempted.
But the lawsuit described the GOP’s challenges as an effort to disenfranchise black voters in particular, in violation of the Voting Rights Act and Ku Klux Klan law. The latter was passed after the Civil War to stop efforts to disenfranchise black voters.
“Defendants’ efforts to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters – targeting cities with large black populations, including Detroit, Michigan, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Atlanta, Georgia – repeat the worst abuses of the history of our country, where black Americans were denied a voice in American democracy for most of the first two
centuries of the Republic,” the lawsuit states.
The trial judge was Emmet Sullivan, the same judge who presided over the trial of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and who was seen by many observers as biased against President Trump in the case.
The Law & Crime blog reported:
Donald Trump and the Republican Party do not have to face allegations that they violated the Voting Rights Act in the 2020 presidential election, a federal judge ruled on Friday.
The judge did not rule on whether Trump and the GOP should face allegations that they violated Ku Klux Klan law, which for now survives intact. Trump and the RNC lost a separate motion to transfer the remaining litigation out of the jurisdiction of the Democratic stronghold of Washington, D.C.
Sullivan ruled that civil rights groups lacked standing to assert the Voting Rights Act claim because the lawsuit focused on past conduct but sought relief for future conduct. .
The case has been closely watched because it could have harmed future Republican efforts to monitor elections in areas with high Democratic density, where Zuckerberg and other activists have focused their efforts, raising suspicions about the integrity of the ballot.
Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.