In what’s been touted as the most extensive lawsuit to date, submitted against voter fraud on Trump’s behalf, the Texas lawsuit, filed by Republican Attorney General, Ken Paxton, was defeated Friday afternoon by the U.S. Supreme Court. Backed by President Trump, (along with over 100 Republican congressmen, including Congressmen Greg Gianforte Governor-Elect, and over 17 states) the goal was to revoke the votes of four states: Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.
The President called it “the big one” and later added, “it is very strong, ALL CRITERIA MET.”
The Supreme Court order stated thus:
ORDER IN PENDING CASE
155, ORIG. TEXAS V. PENNSYLVANIA, ET AL.
The State of Texas’s motion for leave to file a bill of
complaint is denied for lack of standing under Article III of
the Constitution. Texas has not demonstrated a judicially
cognizable interest in the manner in which another State
conducts its elections. All other pending motions are dismissed
Statement of Justice Alito, with whom Justice Thomas joins:
In my view, we do not have discretion to deny the filing of a
bill of complaint in a case that falls within our original
jurisdiction. See Arizona v. California, 589 U. S. ___
(Feb. 24, 2020) (Thomas, J., dissenting).
I would therefore grant the motion to file the bill of complaint but would not grant other relief, and I express no view on any other issue.
(In laymen terms this means, “No state can meddle in the affairs of another states elections.”)
Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas indicated they would have allowed Texas to bring the case but said they would “not grant other relief.” None of Trump’s appointees indicated they saw any merit in the lawsuit.
Texas sued this week on the basis that “those states implemented pandemic-related changes to election procedures that, Texas claimed, were illegal and cast into question the election results.”
“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,” Paxton said.
Texas State GOP Chair Allen West, clinging to a discredited claim that the battleground states broke the law, seemed to suggest secession was the logical response. “Perhaps law-abiding states should band together and form a Union of states that will abide by the constitution,” West said in a statement Friday night.
The 4 battleground states fired back, in savage and jarring retorting briefs, that Texas had no business challenging the election protocols of other states. Battleground states spouted, “Sovereign states rights.”
If the Supreme Court had considered the case, President Trump had asked Texas Senator Ted Cruz to argue the case.
As the Electoral College casts its vote in just 3 days and is due to formally elect Joe Biden as president, local Flathead Valley activist Thomas Millett had this to say to Montanans:
December 14th is not the Official Election. The appointed electors will meet to cast their votes, but the official COUNT of the vote doesn’t occur until January 6th. Any or all votes can be challenged by 1 member of each house of congress. Then they will have to sort it out at that time.
He went on, “Don’t panic. There’s lots of time.”