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Trump loses face as US Supreme Court quashes his bid to overturn Biden's win

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US President Donald Trump, Image credit: AP/PTI

Washington: The US president Donald Trump faced a debilitative blow on Tuesday as the US Supreme Court quashed a challenge against President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Pennsylvania.

Republicans within the state wanted to override certification of the result, but justices rejected the request with a single-sentence ruling, the BBC reported.

Trump had earlier made unfounded claims that the election result would be settled in the Supreme Court.

Trump lost his bid for re-election last month.

Since then, he and his party have launched dozens of legal suits challenging the election results. None have brought in any favourable results for the camp.

Trump lost to his Democratic rival by a margin of 306 to 232 votes in the electoral college, which selects the US president. Biden won seven million more votes than the president nationwide.

Pennsylvania's Governor Tom Wolf has already certified Biden's victory in the state. The state's electoral college is scheduled to convene on December 14 to officially cast their approval for the president-elect, as required by the law.

Republicans in the state, however, wanted to overturn Wolf's certification. Though the Pennyslvania court had rejected the Republican's bid last week, an appeal was filed with the Supreme Court in Washington.

Lawyers for the state and Governor Wolf criticised the case as "fundamentally frivolous".

"No court has ever issued an order nullifying a Governor's certification of presidential election results," they wrote.

And on Tuesday the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal. The one-sentence ruling didn't even ventured to mention Republicans' allegations, reading simply: "The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice Alito and by him mentioned the Court is denied."

Before, during and after the election, Trump has made baseless claims of undermining election and suggested that the result would eventually be decided in the apex court.

In a move widely criticised as rigging of the judiciary, Trump appointed three of the court's justices during his single term in office. Most recently, vacancy after the death of the court's most liberal justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was filled by placing judge Amy Coney Barrett, a self-declared conservative.

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