Mary Trump Labels President's Election Challenges 'Attempted Coup' After Biden Win

President Donald Trump's niece Mary Trump called her uncle's reaction to his election loss an "attempted coup" as his campaign filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania arguing that the state had an "unconstitutional" voting system.

The author of the tell-all Trump family memoir Too Much and Never Enough also said President-Elect Joe Biden had won the election "legitimately and decisively" as she railed against "lie and spin" from her uncle's camp.

The Quote

"President-elect Joe Biden won legitimately and decisively. No matter how much Donald and his enablers lie and spin, nothing will change that. But they're going to break as much as they can on the way out. Stay vigilant—this is an attempted coup."

Why it Matters

President Trump's team have issued a raft of lawsuits complaining about state voting systems, Republican poll watchers being denied "meaningful access" in vote counting areas and the tallying of ballots days after the election since November 3.

The commander-in-chief's re-election campaign issued the latest such lawsuit in Pennsylvania on Monday, arguing that the state had introduced an "illegal 'two-tiered' voting system" ahead of the 2020 vote.

"Voters in Pennsylvania were held to different standards simply based on how they chose to cast their ballot, and we believe this two-tiered election system resulted in potentially fraudulent votes being counted without proper verification or oversight, as well as many voters being disenfranchised simply for casting their votes in-person," Trump 2020 campaign general counsel Matt Morgan said in a statement yesterday.

The president's personal lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani also told reporters at a press conference on Saturday that the campaign would be filing lawsuits in other key battleground states as he made unsubstantiated claims about "illegal" votes.

On the same day, Trump campaign officials filed suit in Arizona alleging that votes were "incorrectly rejected" in the crucial Maricopa County as a result of a technical error with voting machines.

Counterpoint

While his niece has dubbed his lawsuits an "attempted coup" in the wake of the election, President Trump has every right to challenge perceived irregularities or alleged breaches of electoral law in the courts.

The Trump campaign has also repeatedly framed its legal actions as fights for the "transparency and integrity" of the election process and securing public trust in "free and fair" votes.

"Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated," Trump said in a Saturday statement. "The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots."

President Donald Trump in Kenosha
Donald Trump listens to officials during a roundtable discussion on community safety, at Mary D. Bradford High School in in Kenosha, Wisconsin on September 1, 2020. His niece has accused his team of an "attempted coup" after the election. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images