President Donald Trump has expressed confidence that a lawsuit brought before the U.S. Supreme Court by the state of Texas will be just what he needs to overturn Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s declared win.
According to Fox News, the suit asks the high court to block the electoral results in Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania — and since it starts at the Supreme Court, it potentially presents an opportunity to hold states accountable for allegedly illegal election-related rule changes.
“It affects every state”
Trump has long argued that expansions in mail-in voting this year led to fraud that cost him the election.
Although his legal team has failed to find favor in a majority of post-election challenges, the president seems optimistic that the Supreme Court will be a friendlier venue for the case.
In a tweet on Wednesday, he declared: “We will be INTERVENING in the Texas (plus many other states) case. This is the big one. Our Country needs a victory!”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton orchestrated the lawsuit and has defended the action against a quartet of other U.S. states.
“These elections in other states where state law was not followed…affects my voters because these are national elections, and so if there are fraudulent things or things that affect an election and state law is not followed as is required by the Constitution it affects our state,” Paxton told Fox News this week. “It affects every state.”
“Texas suffered no harm”
In Pennsylvania, for example, evidence indicates the state made changes to its vote-by-mail policies without the necessary constitutional amendments. That point was enough for Texas Republicans to sue in hopes of seeing those electors blocked.
If the Supreme Court sides with Texas, it would prove to be an incredible win for Trump and could revive his efforts to attain a second term in the White House.
Although it presents a clear opportunity for Trump’s re-election chances, the case is complex and without clear legal precedent.
Republican attorneys general from six other states have also joined the Texas suit — but Pennsylvania officials have spoken out against the action.
According to The Dallas Morning News, the state issued a response Thursday asserting:
Texas’s request to disenfranchise tens of millions of voters who reasonably relied upon the law at the time of the election does great damage to the public interest. […] Nothing in the text, history, or structure of the Constitution supports Texas’s view that it can dictate the manner in which four sister States run their elections, and Texas suffered no harm because it dislikes the results in those elections.