President Donald Trump on Wednesday pledged to continue his fight to win the election, trying to challenge his loss to President-elect Joe Biden on November 3. Trump said he remains reluctant to give up after a new suit was filed in the Supreme Court from Texas, joined by 17 more states on Wednesday to invalidate election results in Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
The lawsuit filed by the Texas attorney general was also supported by the attorneys general of the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court rejected a request by Pennsylvania Republicans to overturn election results in the state, where Biden beat Trump by 81,000 votes. Thus, yesterday, the country’s highest court expressed its opinion for the first time about Donald Trump’s attempts to challenge the election results. The former president and his supporters have filed dozens of lawsuits in courts across the country.
The next Monday, December 14, a meeting of the Electoral College is scheduled, at which the name of the official winner of the presidential race will be announced. According to the results of the vote, the electors will have to confirm the victory of Biden, who secured 306 votes. Trump has 232 electoral votes. On January 6, Congress will have to consider and approve the electoral college vote, and the inauguration of the new president will take place at noon on January 20 on Capitol Hill.
Trump said on Wednesday that he would intervene in a new lawsuit filed yesterday in the Supreme Court by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton seeking to overturn Biden’s victories in Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. This claim is based on a body of previously filed lawsuits that dealt with voting and counting irregularities in several key “swing” states. These claims were previously dismissed by courts of various levels for lack of the necessary evidence base.
On Wednesday, Reuters reported that 17 other states have already supported the Texas suit.
Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday that there is “abundant evidence of massive fraud” in at least four states mentioned in the Texas lawsuit. The president promised to “save the country” soon, once again stating 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 voting rules bypassing their state legislatures. Paxton has asked the Supreme Court to reschedule the Electoral College’s voting date and to bar Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania from voting. Instead, the Texas Attorney General asked the Supreme Court to allow the legislatures of those states to appoint other electors – presumably Trump supporters.
The Supreme Court gave four states until Thursday to respond to Paxton’s lawsuit, but attorneys general for the states listed in the lawsuit have already called the Texas lawsuit “erroneous.”
“With all due respect, the Texas attorney general is wrong about Georgia constitutionally, legally and de facto,” said Criss Carr, spokeswoman for the Georgia Republican attorney general.
Democratic attorneys general Dana Nessel of Michigan, Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania and Josh Cole of Wisconsin called Paxton’s lawsuit an attempt to “mislead the public and damage our Constitution.”
Meanwhile, Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said he will convene a hearing with the Homeland Security Committee next week on election irregularities.
At the same time, another Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, representing the state of Tennessee, said that if the Electoral College confirms Biden’s victory on Monday, Trump should admit his loss.