Outgoing President Donald Trump and his soon-to-be-former Vice President Mike Pence’s attempt to invalidate Wisconsin’s vote in only Milwaukee and Dane Counties appears to be racially motivated, two of the state’s Supreme Court justice remarked in a brutal Saturday hearing for the lame duck president.
Trump’s attorney, James Troupis, had barely begun to address the high court when Justice Jill Karofsky noted that the attack focused on the two counties with the state’s largest number of Black voters.
“This lawsuit, Mr. Troupis, smacks of racism,” she declared.
Her colleague, Justice Rebecca Dallet, echoed that sentiment by noting that Trump sued none of the state’s other 72 counties, focusing only on the “most non-white, urban” areas. Trump alleged improprieties with the Wisconsin Election Commission’s forms and claimed the forms do not properly comport with state statutes.
“You’re not asking us to throw out votes in any other counties that use that form,” Dallet noted.
Both justices, who have sided with the majority in throwing out three other post-election lawsuits, pointedly made clear that Trump had no issue with the same forms when they were in place during the 2016 election. Trump only objected to them after he lost.
President Trump lost a federal lawsuit Saturday while his attorney was arguing his case before a skeptical Wisconsin Supreme Court in another lawsuit that liberal justices said “smacks of racism."https://t.co/uYjmTbjC5v
— TribLIVE.com (@TribLIVE) December 12, 2020
After first conceding that was true, Troupis backpedaled and claimed not to know whether the form used without objection four years ago was the exact same form used this year.
Trump election lawsuit ‘smacks of racism’, Wisconsin judge says https://t.co/OLuohd8Ge6
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) December 12, 2020
“I have no information one way or the other,” Troupis said, a startling concession about one of the foundations of his legal action.
Wisconsin Supreme Court judge tells Trump attorney his phony lawsuit "smacks of racism" https://t.co/3NsTdZUBRR
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) December 12, 2020
Justice Brian Hagedorn, a conservative who served as president of his school’s Federalist Society Chapter, authored opinions concurring with Karofsky and Dallet in previous cases. He said little on Saturday but briefly described Trump’s legal action as “odd.” He previously rejected the relief that Trump sought, saying it was a “real stunner.”