Donald Trump continues to try to change the results of an election he lost by a record percentage of votes compared to every other incumbent president in history, and continues to get shut down in the courts. To help him out, the Republican attorney general of Texas, Ken Paxton has filed a case with the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the voting processes, but only in swing states.
.@MIAttyGen @dananessel, @JoshShapiroPA of Pennsylvania, and @JoshKaulWI of Wisconsin today issued a joint statement regarding Texas’ efforts to discredit the 2020 election results in federal court. pic.twitter.com/4WO8NA5LBt
— Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (@MIAttyGen) December 8, 2020
Paxton is somewhat of a shady character and is currently under investigation by federal agents for bribery after several whistleblowers in his office reported him for corruption. Considering Trump’s potentially illegal abuse of his pardon power to bargain with others, Paxton may find himself well rewarded for his efforts.
Elected officials in the swing states do not appreciate Paxton stepping into their election processes. Officials in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania signed on to a statement released on Tuesday excoriating Trump and the GOP officials who are enabling his nonsense conspiracy theories about the election.
‘These insignificant attempts to disregard the will of the people in our three states mislead the public and tear at the fabric of our Constitution. The people in our states voted. Their votes were counted – in some cases, multiple times. And the results have been certified. It’s well past time for the President and our fellow states and elected officials to stop misleading the public about this year’s election and to acknowledge that the results certified in our state reflect the decision made by the voters in a free, fair, and secure election.’
.@KenPaxtonTX, the Texas Attorney General, is a well-known crook and bully. Tell him to stop using Texas' good name to steal an election for Trump.
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) December 8, 2020
Paxton claims in the lawsuit that the swing states in question violated the Constitution by expanding access to mail-in voting, which each did to protect their constituents from COVID-19. While the president refused to act, these elected officials who oversee elections are not so incompetent.
According to CNBC:
‘The filing argues that those states used the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to unlawfully change their election rules “through executive fiat or friendly lawsuits, thereby weakening ballot integrity.”
‘“Any electoral college votes cast by such presidential electors appointed” in those states “cannot be counted,” Texas asks the high court to rule.’
BREAKING – U.S. Supreme Court will hear Texas' lawsuit against Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin over potential voter fraud. The case was added to the Supreme Court docket today. pic.twitter.com/BzSsct1Pq9
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) December 8, 2020
In addition to the elected officials who signed onto the statement, Georgia’s Deputy Secretary of State, a Republican, also voiced his angered opinion about the Texas lawsuit that threatens to thwart democracy in his state.
‘The claims in Texas’ lawsuit “are false and irresponsible,” Georgia’s deputy secretary of state, Jordan Fuchs, said in a fiery statement shortly after Paxton announced the legal action.
‘“Texas alleges that there are 80,000 forged signatures on absentee ballots in Georgia, but they don’t bring forward a single person who this happened to. That’s because it didn’t happen,” Fuchs’ statement said.’
The Supreme Court has rejected a Pennsylvania Republican congressman’s request to prevent Pennsylvania from certifying its presidential election results in favor of Joe Biden.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) December 8, 2020