But Trump’s fantasies about judges as his pawns have run into a harsh reality. Since the election, over four dozen lawsuits filed by Trump and his minions since the election have been dropped or rejected in courts from Pennsylvania to Nevada. Some of the most scorching dismissals have come from federal judges nominated by Republicans, including Trump himself.

Last month, a federal appeals panel in Philadelphia threw out one of numerous attempts to halt the certification of Pennsylvania’s vote. “Voters, not lawyers, choose the president,” wrote federal appeals judge Stephanos Bibas. He also made clear that lawsuits are not like presidential tweets or speeches: “Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.”

On Twitter, one of Trump’s lawyers quickly blamed the loss on “the activist judicial machinery in Pennsylvania.” Wrong. Bibas was nominated in 2017 by Trump; the two others on the panel are Republican nominees, as well.