Trump World isn’t taking their recent Supreme Court loss well. On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a case in which Texas and its allies, including President Donald Trump’s own team, sought the invalidation of the presidential election results in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, all of which Biden won. A majority of the court’s justices, including all three of Trump’s own appointees, concluded that Texas’s side didn’t have the legal standing to bring their case. On Fox, top Trump staffer Kayleigh McEnany insisted that the Supreme Court “hid behind” concerns related to “procedure” and “dodged” the fundamental issues — but that’s just not an accurate characterization.
McEnany angrily said as follows:
‘There’s no way to say it other than they dodged. They dodged. They hid behind procedure, and they refused to use their authority to enforce the Constitution.’
Kayleigh on Supreme Court: Yeah there’s no way to say it other than they dodged. They dodged. They hid behind procedure and they refused to use their authority to enforce the constitution. pic.twitter.com/VLi04yIrIC
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) December 12, 2020
In reality, seven justices went along with an order stating that “Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections.” In other words, Texas hadn’t successfully shown a judicially meaningful stake in the way that other states interpret their own respective laws and conduct their own elections. Texas’s claim that they did have a judicially meaningful stake in the conducting of elections in other states sat at the core of their argument. Two conservative justices on the court, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, even more explicitly directly addressed the issues. The justices said that they “would… grant the motion to file the bill of complaint but would not grant other relief,” meaning that they’d hear the case but would not support invalidating the election results that Texas targeted.
Donald Trump himself expressed sentiments on Twitter that were similar to those that McEnany shared, complaining that the Supreme Court supposedly “had ZERO interest in the merits of the greatest voter fraud ever perpetrated on the United States of America,” but again, that’s not accurate. Two of the court’s most conservative justices explicitly stated that they would not grant the relief that Texas was seeking. That “relief” was the invalidation of the election outcome in four states where Biden won.
The Supreme Court had ZERO interest in the merits of the greatest voter fraud ever perpetrated on the United States of America. All they were interested in is “standing”, which makes it very difficult for the President to present a case on the merits. 75,000,000 votes!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2020