On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit in which Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and other Republican plaintiffs sought a court declaration that Vice President Mike Pence has the authority to set aside certain electoral votes of his own accord during Congressional proceedings to certify the numbers. This power — which, under federal law, the vice president does not possess — would have handed Pence the ability to singlehandedly nullify President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory. Although the Supreme Court’s rejection of the lawsuit did not include an explanation, the rejection emerged hours after Congress certified Biden’s electoral college victory, which seemingly rendered Gohmert’s request for “relief” fundamentally moot.
BREAKING: Supreme Court DENIES Rep. Louie Gohmert's (R-Texas) lawsuit that aimed to give VP Pence the authority to cancel Biden's win pic.twitter.com/mWZ9uxIFdY
— John Kruzel (@johnkruzel) January 7, 2021
In their original lawsuit, the Republican plaintiffs including Gohmert claimed the existence of “evidence of massive multi-state electoral fraud committed on Biden’s behalf that changed electoral results in Arizona and in other states such as Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin,” but their claims were unequivocally false. There is no legitimate evidence of systematic election fraud that would have come anywhere remotely close to changing the election outcome in a single state, let alone the country. On Wednesday, as those Congressional proceedings to certify Biden’s electoral college victory got underway, a mob of the president’s supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol building under the pretense of the election fraud lies that Gohmert and others have pushed.
Pence — who the plaintiffs named as a defendant in their newly rejected lawsuit — did not agree with the idea that he had the power to set electoral votes aside. His refusal to act according to the president’s wishes and work to overturn the duly documented will of the people sparked complaints from Trump, who insisted on Twitter that Pence “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify.” Twitter removed this post from its platform amidst concerns about Trump’s incitement of violence based in delusions about the election results.
After the terroristic mob violence forced the temporary shutdown of Congressional proceedings to formally confirm Biden’s win, Gohmert (among other Republicans) still voted against certifying some of Biden’s electoral votes once Congress reconvened, no matter the glaring real-world consequences of the GOP’s persistent anti-democratic antics. There has never been any legitimacy to the election fraud claims. Fundamentally, these Republican leaders like Gohmert are attacking democracy, giving rioters a green light.