Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night came up with the idea of a presidential “vote” in Pennsylvania if the tally was found to be illegal and fraudulent.
Hannity admits that the script is “something that has never been done.”
Pennsylvania is essential for Republican President Donald Trump’s possible victory. As a result, its 20 electoral votes are being hunted by both sides and the counting has been sued since Trump’s campaign.
After Hannity cites a portion of the US Constitution that requires legislatures to define the electoral laws of each state, he said, “The state legislature they decide on election laws and regulations, are not city or local officials. “
“And by the way,”; Hannity continued, “it’s illegal for them to block observers or restrict their position to 20 or 100 feet in places you cannot see. The city of Philadelphia is also illegal. in ignoring a court order that requires observers to return. “
Hannity mentioned Thursday’s court decision by Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon, a Republican at the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, immediately dismissing the subordinate court’s denial of transfer campaign to allow election watchers in Philadelphia to observe polling booths just six feet away.
The Election Council attorneys appealed Judge Fizzano’s ruling to the State Supreme Court. In its filing, the panel said that followers observing the counting of votes at the Philadelphia Convention Center were allowed to stand in an observation area where they would not interfere with the work of the counters or potentially potential for coronavirus spread.
Based on Philadelphia MagazineLinda Kerns, a lawyer handling the case for Trump’s campaign, wrote in an appeal to the lower court’s decision, “The Election Board appears to be pointing out that as long as the followers and a representative staying in the room (whether the room is the size of an office or the size of a football field) that meets the requirements of the Election Code. “
“To allow such a narrow understanding in spite of logic and reasonableness”, she continued. “The imposition of a gap that prevents a candidate or followers of him from being present actually conceals the electoral process in a curtain, negating transparency and accountability.”
Continuing his monologue, Hannity wondered, “Would that invalidate the process of seeing them in violation of the law? And what is the remedy?”
“The only remedy I would see at the time was – they did it, and they broke the law, no one could ever prove the legitimacy of what they were counting their numbers for – Well, what happens in that state? ” Hannity wondered and added, “By the way, something that has never been done in a presidential election.”
Trump’s campaign claims to have evidence of voter fraud in Pennsylvania. During Thursday’s press conference outside the center following Judge Fizzano’s ruling, Pam Bondi, Trump’s campaign representative, said, “We’re not going anywhere until they declare them. I beat Pennsylvania. “
On Thursday afternoon, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said the state would count the majority of its estimated 550,000 votes by the end of the day.
As of Thursday afternoon, Trump led the state over Biden by about 114,000 votes. Trump must win the state to have a chance of re-election.
Newsweek has reached out to the Philadelphia City Commissioner for comment.