Supreme Court denied Texas lawsuit in Donald Trump’s bid… The US Supreme Court on Friday rejected a bid by Texas to reverse the results of the presidential election, which Republican Donald Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden in a new setback for the president.
The longshot suit filed late Tuesday toward four states key – Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Wisconsin – challenged Mr. Biden’s victory in each jurisdiction in a November 3 vote.
The Supreme Court, built up of nine judges including three assigned by Mr Trump, said Texas – which voted for the president – “has not demonstrated a judicially cognisable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections.”
Michigan attorney general Dana Nessel tweeted. The court’s judgment “is an important reminder that we are a nation of laws, and though some may bend to the desire of a single individual, the courts will not,”.
Supreme Court denied Texas lawsuit in Donald Trump’s bid
.@MIAttyGen @dananessel issued the following comment after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case filed by Texas to invalidate the results of the Nov. 3 general election in Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin: pic.twitter.com/xnlYTSl9z2
— Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (@MIAttyGen) December 11, 2020
Biden spokesperson Mike Gwin stated the ruling was “no surprise.”
“Election officials from both parties, Dozens of judges, and Trump’s own Attorney General have failed his baseless tries to deny that he lost the election,” he said.
The Texas suit was seen as audacious and legally false. Noting that no state has any legal right to hinder in another’s voting processes. Nevertheless, it was supported by 17 state attorneys general and 106 Republican lawmakers.
Texas claimed that the outcomes in the other four states were “unconstitutional” due to heavy use of “fraud-prone” mail-in elections while the coronavirus epidemic.
It provided no evidence of significant fraud and did not challenge the use of mailed votes in the states Mr Trump won.
Several claimed instances of possible fraud were dismissed by lower courts in the suit.
Nevertheless, lawyer Rudy Giuliani declared that the allegations were “sound”.
“They have to be tested but that’s what the court is for. They can’t just dismiss it like that,” he told Fox News.
In a tweet following the decision, President Trump states that the court “disappointed us” and declared that “No Wisdom, No Courage!”
The Supreme Court really let us down. No Wisdom, No Courage!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2020
But reasonably the most eyebrow-raising response arrived from the chairman of the Texas Republican Party, who slammed the ruling and suggested the state should secede.
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Alan West stated in a party statement, “Perhaps the law-abiding states should be tied together and form a union of states that would follow the constitution.”
Dozens of court losses
Mr. Trump and his associates have filed dozens of lawsuits in various major states, nearly all of which have been settled by the courts.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court also denied his bid to avoid his loss in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Trump had expected that the High Court, whose bench has tipped solidly to the right, would interfere in his favour.
In 2000, the Supreme Court stopped a recount in Florida, where George W. Bush was only 537 votes winning of Democrat Al Gore, allowing Republican to win the election.
In the minutes before Friday’s decision, Mr. Trump again released a new TV ad claiming the election was stolen, calling it “an insult” and asking supporters to contact their legislators.
The lawsuit appeared in all 50 states as well as Washington, with DC formally certifying the height of its votes, opening the way for the Electoral College to be called.
While there is no doubt that Mr. Biden took the presidency, a state-by-state victory gave him 306 electoral votes to 232 of Mr. Trump.
Democrats snagged 51.3 percent of ballots, compared to Mr. Trump’s 46.9 percent, seven million vote margin.
The Electoral College is set to confirm Mr Biden’s victory on 14 December, and he will be justified in on 20 January.