The incumbent U.S. president spoke out in favor of a new lawsuit after the Supreme Court dismissed an attempt to overturn the Pennsylvania vote.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday promised to continue his fight to win the election, trying to challenge his loss to President-elect Joe Biden on November 3. Trump said he remained reluctant to surrender after a new lawsuit was filed in the Supreme Court from the state of Texas, which was joined on Wednesday by 17 other states to invalidate the results of elections in Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
The lawsuit, filed by the Texas Attorney General, was also supported by state attorneys general of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court rejected a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to cancel the election results in the state where Biden beat Trump by 81,000 votes. Thus, yesterday, the country’s highest court for the first time pronounced itself on Donald Trump’s attempts to challenge the election results. The incumbent president and his supporters had previously filed dozens of lawsuits in courts across the country.
Next Monday, December 14, a meeting of the Electoral College will be scheduled to name the official winner of the presidential race. According to the voting results, voters will have to confirm the victory of Biden, who secured 306 votes. Trump has 232 votes. On January 6, Congress will have to consider and approve the voting results in the College of electors, and the inauguration of the new president will be held at noon on January 20 on Capitol Hill.
Trump said on Wednesday he will intervene in a new lawsuit filed yesterday in the Supreme Court by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to overturn Biden’s victory in Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The claim is based on a series of earlier lawsuits alleging voting and counting irregularities in several key “fluctuating” states. These claims were previously dismissed by courts at various levels for lack of the necessary evidence.
Reuters reported on Wednesday that 17 other states had already supported Texas’ lawsuit.
Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday about the existing “abundance of evidence of large-scale fraud” in at least four of the states mentioned in the Texas lawsuit. The president soon promised to “save the country,” once again saying that the data his team received showed that Trump “could not lose” to Biden.
The Texas Attorney General believes that election officials in the four states against which the lawsuit was filed used the COVID-19 pandemic as an unconstitutional reason to change the voting rules bypassing their states’ legislative assemblies. Paxton asked the Supreme Court to postpone the date of voting at the Voters’ College and to bar voters from voting in Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Instead, the Texas Attorney General asked the Supreme Court to allow these states’ legislatures to appoint other voters – presumably Trump supporters – to be elected.
The Supreme Court gave the four states until Thursday to respond to the Paxton lawsuit, but the attorneys general of the states listed in the lawsuit had already called the Texas lawsuit “erroneous.
“With all due respect, the Texas attorney general is wrong about Georgia in constitutional, legal and factual terms,” said Criss Carr, spokeswoman for the Georgia Republican Attorney General.
Democrat attorneys general Dana Nessel of Michigan, Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania and Josh Cole of Wisconsin called the Paxton lawsuit an attempt to “mislead the public and harm our Constitution.
Meanwhile, Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said he would call a hearing with the Internal Security Committee next week on election violations.
Meanwhile, another Republican senator, Lamar Alexander, representing the state of Tennessee, said that if the Electoral College confirms Biden’s victory on Monday, Trump must admit his loss.