Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves The Supreme court, Texas attorney general and Presidential election results.
The Supreme Court dismissed a legal filing by Trump and the state of Texas to overturn the results in four states won by Democrat Joe Biden, blocking the president’s legal path to reverse his reelection loss. The court’s unsigned order was short, and it denied Texas’s request to sue Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin over how they conducted their elections. Texas has not shown it has a legal interest “in the manner in which another state conducts its elections,” the order said. It dismissed all pending motions about the case.
Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Clarence Thomas said they did not think the court had the authority to simply reject a state’s filing, a position they have taken in past cases. But they said they would not have granted Texas the remedy it sought, which was to disallow the electors from those four states.
Trump has appointed three of the court’s nine members, has long viewed the Supreme Court as something of an ace in the hole, and on Friday, he called for the justices to display “courage” and rescue him in post election litigation. But his entreaties fell on deaf ears.
Legal efforts by Trump and his allies filed in states he lost have been unsuccessful one minor win compared with more than 50 losses in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels.
Legal experts from the beginning had derided Texas’s unprecedented action as implausible, and the court’s rejection was fast and emphatic the order came just hours after briefing was completed. The justices seemed to have bypassed a lengthy explanation in favor of a unified outcome.
Lawsuits continue around the country, and Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said on Newsmax, “We’re not finished, believe me.” But the Texas case was the one upon which the president and his allies had pinned their hopes, and time is almost up. The election results have been certified in each state, and the electoral college is to meet Monday. Biden has 306 electoral votes, exactly the number Trump had when he was elected in 2016. But while Trump lost the popular vote then, Biden has an advantage of more than 7 million votes.
Led by Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) a Trump partisan, tried to maneuver around the lower court losses by filing directly with the Supreme Court. States suing other states are allowed to ask the court to take up such cases, although the court sometimes does not grant permission.
Paxton said, “It is unfortunate that the Supreme Court decided not to take this case and determine the constitutionality of these four states’ failure to follow federal and state election law.” Texas AG alleged that actions by state officials in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin violated the Constitution and diluted the impact of Texas votes.
The targeted states responded in blistering briefs, with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro calling the Texas suit a “seditious abuse of the judicial process,” and Wisconsin Attorney General Joshua L. Kaul (D) said that agreeing to the Texas request would thrust the Supreme Court into the political sphere in a way never imagined. “If Texas’s theory of injury were accepted, it would be too easy to reframe virtually any election or voting rights dispute as implicating injuries to a state and thereby invoke this court’s original jurisdiction,” he wrote. “New York or California could sue Texas or Alabama in this court over their felon disenfranchisement policies. Garden variety election disputes would soon come to the court in droves,” he wrote.
Courtesy to Washington Post and Dream’s Chronicles Reloaded for the reporting.