The United States Supreme Court on Friday rejected an unprecedented attempt by the state of Texas to dismiss election results in four battlefield states lost by Donald Trump, an effort backed by the president and more than 100 other Republicans elected.
In a brief statement explaining its decision, the court dismissed the lawsuit without a hearing, saying Texas lacked standing to challenge the results in other states: “Texas has failed to demonstrate a legally recognizable interest in the the way another state conducts its elections. “
Two of the court’s more conservative judges, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, said they would have supported a hearing in the case, but added in a brief statement that they “would not grant further relief.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican currently under federal investigation, had asked the U.S. high court to reject more than 20 million votes in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, four battlefield states that led Joe Biden to victory.
The move was supported not only by Mr. Trump, but also by 17 other Republican attorneys general and 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Mr Paxton filed the lawsuit on Monday, weeks after the Nov. 3 election and after each of the states certified their results, asking the US high court to invoke its original jurisdiction over interstate disputes and allow to the case to move forward. The lawsuit aimed to put aside elections in all four states so their Republican-controlled state legislatures could decide the winner instead.
The case drew a furious backlash from states targeted by Texas, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, writing in response that the case was a “seditious abuse of the judicial process.”
The trial was the latest in a vast effort by Mr. Trump and his allies to reverse his loss in the Nov. 3 election, including not only legal actions but also attempts to public or private pressure on those responsible. state elections.
While the assault failed to overthrow Mr Biden’s victory, the unsubstantiated allegations of fraud undermined confidence in the US electoral system, resulted in death threats against election workers, and revealed a will surprisingly elected Republicans to explicitly support or silently condone the destruction of the democratic process.
Josh Kaul, the Democratic Attorney General of Wisconsin, told reporters on Friday that the Texas trial was a “red alert warning for our democracy” and said the arguments were “extreme and undemocratic.”
“These elected officials are trying to replace the losing candidate, but rather the voters. This is the reasoning of the dictatorship and not of democracy, ”he said.