‘Breathtaking GOP irresponsibility’
UPDATE: U.S. Supreme Court won’t take up Texas challenge to Wisconsin and three other states’ conduct of the presidential election. No standing. As we predicted. Wisconsin high court to consider Donald Trump’s state lawsuit. Court after court in state after state has ruled no foul. Same with Republicans who run Georgia. Six of nine justices on the U.S. Supreme court appointed by Republicans; three by Donald Trump. We Lost. Get Over It! Even if WI supremes rule for Trump, our 10 electoral votes won’t change the outcome.
Excerpting attorney David French:
I went over the rather glaring factual and legal problems with the [Texas lawsuit v. Wisconsin and three other states] in my newsletter Wednesday. [To] sum up the basic deficiencies:
- Texas doesn’t have standing,
- Texas’s factual claims are almost laughably incoherent,
- its legal claims have been repeatedly rejected by previous courts, and
- there is no legal foundation for the remedy they seek.
The president, of course, endorsed it immediately.
David French continues:
And now 17 state attorneys general and 106 Republican members of Congress have filed amicus briefs in support of Texas’s frivolous case. This is dangerous, irresponsible behavior. Most (but not all) of the signatories know the case has no chance. They also know that by filing an amicus brief, they’re communicating exactly the opposite message to their constituents.
Many of them also know that if the Supreme Court did rule in their favor, it would likely break this country. In fact, many of their own states (including Texas) made election changes to accommodate the pandemic that would be unlawful under the logic of their argument. Similar lawsuits would gut the entire election, generate massive chaos, and surely lead to political violence and calls for separation and secession.
Making a lawless Supreme Court argument in the effort to create such a crisis is one of the most breathtakingly irresponsible (and outright malicious) public acts I’ve ever seen in my life.