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Wisconsin judge calls Trump ‘your king,’ says ‘un-American’ election lawsuit ‘smacks of racism’

It’s fair to question just how just of a hearing President Trump’s campaign received in Wisconsin when state Supreme Court Justice Jill Karofsky responding to the lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s election results by alleging “racism,” and calling it “un-American.”

Not only does the liberal jurist think the case to throw out 220,000 ballots in Dane and Milwaukee counties, which are Democrat strongholds, is racist, she sarcastically referred to President Trump as “your king” while interacting with campaign attorney Jim Troupis.

 

Madison, the state capital, is also the seat of Dane County, with the city of Milwaukee being the seat of Milwaukee County.

“Two counties that are targeted because of their diverse populations. Because they’re urban. I presume because they vote Democratic,” Justice Karofsky said. “This lawsuit, Mr. Troupis, smacks of racism.”

Karofsky pushed the Trump campaign during arguments to show specific examples of voter fraud, calling their accusations “nothing short of shameful.”

It was during this rant that she suggested Trump’s lawyer saw him as a king.

“What you want is you want us to overturn this election so that your king can stay in power,” Karofsky said. “And that is so un-American. And for you to say that anyone in Wisconsin engaged in fraud, for you to perpetuate that fallacy on the people of Wisconsin and the people of the United States in America, in what has been called the most significant election in our lifetime, is nothing short of shameful.”

The justice told Troupis that America was founded on the idea of self-governance, not “governance from a king.”

Troupis pushed back to say “rule of law” was a founding principle.

“I believe that this country was founded on the principle of the rule of law,” he said. “When we forget the rule of law, when we forget to enforce mandatory statutes as are involved here, we have lost our country.”

The Trump lawsuit seeks to overturn four groups of absentee votes, according to Wisconsin Public Radio:

Those include roughly 170,000 ballots for people who voted in person before Election Day. The Trump campaign argues they didn’t use the same application as other absentee voters who cast ballots by mail.

The Trump campaign challenged another 28,000 ballots from voters who said they were “indefinitely confined,” which lets them submit an absentee ballot application without providing a copy of a photo ID.

Trump also wants to strike about 5,500 ballots where clerks completed a witness’ address, which is allowed under Wisconsin Election Commission guidance.

In addition, Trump would reject about 17,000 ballots collected at “Democracy in the Park” events sponsored by the city of Madison earlier this year. Republicans raised concerns about those events before they were held but never challenged them in court.

 

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has already rejected two lawsuits filed by allies of the president.

Here’s a sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

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