Supreme Court rejects Republican attack on Joe Biden victory

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The court’s order was its second this week rebuffing Republican requests.

The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a lawsuit backed by President Donald Trump to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory, ending a desperate attempt to get legal issues rejected by state and federal judges before the nation’s highest court.

The court’s order was its second this week rebuffing Republican requests that it get involved in the 2020 election outcome. The justices turned away an appeal from Pennsylvania Republicans on Tuesday.

The Electoral College meets Monday to formally elect Biden as the next president.

Seventeen Republican attorneys general and 126 members of Congress joined Texas and Trump in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out millions of votes in four battleground states based on baseless claims of fraud. On Friday, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana signed onto a brief backing the long-shot bid, demonstrating Trump’s remarkable political power even even as he spreads false claims that many Democrats and others fear risk deeply damaging democracy.

“This lawsuit is an act of flailing GOP desperation, which violates the principles enshrined in our American Democracy,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote in a message to Democrats on Friday.

A few Republicans expressed concerns about the case. Many others remained silent.

“Texas is a big state, but I don’t know exactly why it has a right to tell four other states how to run their elections. So I’m having a hard time figuring out the basis for that lawsuit,” Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander told NBC’s Chuck Todd in an interview for “Meet The Press” that will air Sunday.

To be clear, there has been no evidence of widespread fraud. Election law experts think the lawsuit will never last.

“The Supreme Court is not going to overturn the election in the Texas case, as the President has told them to do,” tweeted Rick Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine. “But we are in bad shape as a country that 17 states could support this shameful, anti-American filing” by Texas and its attorney general, Ken Paxton, he said.

The lawsuit filed against Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin repeats false, disproven, and unsubstantiated accusations about the voting in four states that went for Trump’s Democratic challenger. The case demands that the high court invalidate the states’ 62 total Electoral College votes. That’s an unprecedented remedy in American history: setting aside the votes of tens of millions of people, under the baseless claim the Republican incumbent lost a chance at a second term due to widespread fraud.

Two days after Paxton sued, 17 states filed a motion supporting the lawsuit, and on Thursday six of those states asked to join the case themselves. Trump has acted to join the case, tweeting Thursday that “the Supreme Court has a chance to save our Country from the greatest Election abuse in the history of the United States.” Hours later, Trump held a meeting at the White House, scheduled before the suit was filed, with a dozen Republican attorneys general, including Paxton and several others who are backing the effort.

Still, some of the top state Republican prosecutors urging the Supreme Court to hear the case acknowledged that the effort was a long shot and sought to distance themselves from Trump’s baseless allegations of fraud. North Dakota’s Wayne Stenehjem, among the 17 attorneys general who supported the case, said North Dakota is not alleging voter fraud in the four states at issue.

“We’re careful on that,” said Stenehjem, who noted that his office had received thousands of calls and emails from constituents asking the state to support the suit. “But it’s worth it for the Supreme Court to weigh in and settle it once and for all,” he said.

The case inflamed already high tensions over the election. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said his office staff received two death threats Thursday after he signed onto the brief supporting the case.

The lawsuit also divided officials in some states.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox supported Texas’ case, even though he said the suit was “belated” and its chances “are slim at best.” Fox said the case raised “important constitutional questions about the separation of powers and the integrity of mail-in ballots in those defendant states.”

But Gov. Steve Bullock urged the court to reject the case. He said the fact that Texas is not suing Montana, which Trump won, even though the state similarly used mail-in ballots underscores that “this action is less about election integrity than it is about attempting to overturn the will of the electorate.”

The litigation rankled Democratic attorneys general. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, co-chair of the Democratic Attorneys General Association, called the attempt to overturn votes “unconscionable.” Support among other leading lawyers was disturbing, Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford, who’s also co-chair of the Democratic attorneys general group, told The Associated Press.

“I do think that these individuals are kowtowing to a president who has implemented some level of control and authority over the duly elected attorneys general in their states in a way that is unfortunate,” he said.

“I do think that this is a dangerous precedent to initiate.”

Suits brought by Trump and his allies have failed repeatedly across the country, and the Supreme Court this week rejected a Republican bid to reverse Pennsylvania’s certification of Biden’s victory.

Trump has spent the week relentlessly tweeting about the Texas case with the hashtag “overturn” and claiming, falsely, that he had won the election but was robbed.

Many of the attorneys general who supported the case have shown greater political ambitions.

In Kansas, Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who is considering a bid for governor in 2022, announced that he would back the effort only hours after former Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer — another potential candidate for governor — tweeted that Schmidt’s office should.

Officials in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Wisconsin said the suit was a publicity stunt. More than 20 other attorneys general from states including California and Virginia also filed a brief Thursday urging the court to reject the case.

Despite the political pressure, Idaho’s Republican attorney general chose not to join Texas.

“As is sometimes the case, the legally correct decision may not be the politically convenient decision,” Lawrence Wasden said in a statement. “But my responsibility is to the state of Idaho and the rule of law.”


Republished with permission from the Associated Press.

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  • Pedro

    December 12, 2020 at 4:49 am

    I am so glad the Supreme Court ruled as they did. This was a shameless attempt by Trump and his cowardly Republican enablers to overturn the will of the voters. The Republican attorneys-general and the Republican members of the House of Representatives that signed on to this lawsuit should be ashamed of themselves. They don’t believe in democracy. They have made fools of themselves and will go down in history for what they did. I frankly don’t know how they can sleep at night. I would urge voters who are still registered Republican to switch parties to the Democrats to send the Republican Party a loud and clear message. Voters should also call their congressmen or congresswomen and protest this attempt to destroy our democracy.

  • Sonja Fitch

    December 12, 2020 at 5:29 am

    LOSER! Lol! LOSER! Lol! LOSER! Hey goptrump death cult members you have been HUSTLED! You goptrump death cult are the biggest bunch of losers ! You deserve to be HUSTLED ! You are suckers now for giving this goptrump death cult leader Trump MONEY !

  • Ocean Joe

    December 12, 2020 at 7:25 am

    Must be a shock to Trump that he finally ran up against some integrity. The Supreme Court isn’t afraid of voters, it was designed that way with life terms. The judges he appointed apparently are not willing to shed their self-respect and ignore the law to please the MAGA crowd. Florida Republicans, using mail in ballots is how you took control of Florida government. What goes around comes around. Happy Holidays.

  • Mariano Loo Sr

    December 13, 2020 at 7:40 am

    To you do not permit crime of suppression filled out the ballot & send by mail to drop box USPS federal, USPS federal nazi’s service Vote by Mail & Absentee both are votes suppression a human crime impose to the voters to fill out the ballot outside of the precinct to suffrage so to not verify ID of the voters by the official of the poll, then results an human crime of oppression again to uses by bipartisan cartel to destroyed democracy and omitted to not sees fraud the evidence on the ballot filled outside poll were certified result fraudulent evidence’s the ballot filled outside of the official poll by collusion of secretaries, governors & legislatures of US 50 States who work systematic to vitiating appointed of 538 electors who by vote suppression human crime of the ballot do not fill inside of poll then the sham 538 electors they’re to Dec 14 vote to reinstall its sham UK Biden’s Obama for immunity style tyrannies Putin, Xi, Queen UK in systematic coordination with 116th Congress & Supreme Court judicial tyranny vitalize & FISACourt federal spy judicial of the election 2016-2020 they’re judicial tyranny vitalize so they’re today working to serve & cover up the immunity bipartisan cartel tyranny on the constitution to the aggression freely of us freedom & justice & to destroy USA republic representative constitutional democratic, today USA leave being a country, it is a tyranny, it is dead to dissolves.

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