The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected an unprecedented attempt to spread the election results on four battlefields in the state of Texas that Donald Trump lost, an effort backed by the president and hundreds of other elected Republicans.
In a brief statement explaining the decision, the court rejected the case without a hearing, saying there was no position to challenge the results in other Texas states: “Texas has not shown interest in judging the way another state conducts elections. ”
The court’s two conservative justices, Samuel Alito and Clarus Thomas, said they were in favor of hearing the case, but added in a brief statement that they would “not grant another waiver.”
Texas Attorney-General Ken Paxton, a Republican currently under federal investigation, has asked the U.S. High Court to dismiss Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin’s 20 million votes, in four battlefield states where Joe Biden has won.
The strategy was backed not by Mr. Trump, but by 12 minority members of the House of Representatives, including the Attorney-General of 1 Republican state, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Mr. Paxton filed the lawsuit Monday, November 3, the week after the election, and each state certified its results, asking the U.S. High Court to apply its original jurisdiction over disputes between states and allow the lawsuit to proceed. The lawsuit seeks to postpone elections in four states so that their Republican-controlled state legislature can decide the winner instead.
Pennsylvania Attorney-General Josh Shapiro, in a strong response to the lawsuit by states targeting Texas, wrote in response that the lawsuit was a “treasonous torture of the judicial process.”
M. The latest lawsuit was the latest in a series of attempts by Trump and his allies to reduce his losses in the Nov. 3 election, including not only legal action, but also attempts to publicly or personally pressure state election officials.
Although the attack failed to counteract Mr. Biden’s victory, unsubstantiated claims of fraud undermined confidence in the U.S. electoral system, resulted in death threats against election workers, and a staunch desire to tolerate the public support of elected Republicans or the quiet return to democracy.
On Friday, Wisconsin Democratic Attorney-General Josh Cowell told reporters that the Texas case was a “red alert for our democracy” and said the arguments were “extreme and they are anti-democratic.”
“These elected officials are trying to make sure that the voters have replaced the losing candidates. Not democracy but the argument of dictatorship, ”he said.