Legal experts ridicule Trump’s election challenges: ‘They all seem to have no merit whatsoever’
President Donald J. Trump in the Cabinet Room. (White House photo by Tia Dufour.)

President Donald Trump has vowed to fight his apparent election loss to Joe Biden, but legal experts say he doesn't have a chance.


The president's campaign has filed lawsuits in Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania challenging some of the ballots and the vote-counting process, but suits in Georgia and Michigan were already rejected because they lacked enough evidence to persuade a court, reported The Guardian.

“They all seem to have no merit whatsoever,” said Joshua Douglas, a law professor at the University of Kentucky. “I think the goal is to sow discord and distrust and undermine the people and the integrity of the election. I think giving them additional airtime just plays into that theory.”

Trump has demanded an end to vote counting as Biden builds up leads with mail-in ballots, which the president had driven his supporters away from during the campaign, and now his campaign is filing a flurry of lawsuits to block them.

“It could be reflex," said Justin Levitt, a law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. "On most people, if you hit their patellar tendon with a small rubber mallet, you get a knee jerk. With Trump, it’s possible that if you hit his patellar tendon with a small rubber mallet, you get a lawsuit."

So far, the challenges have met little success, although some of Trump's supporters have called the results into question.

“It could be a misguided sense that this sort of litigation will cast enough doubt on the election process that it somehow ends up in a declaration by the courts that undoes the will of the people (in the event that the count doesn’t go his way),” Levitt said. “I think there are a lot of missing steps between filing a lawsuit and that final declaration.”