Supreme Court Shuts Down Texas Lawsuit

In potentially the finishing blow for the President Donald Trump legal team and the Trump administration as a whole, the Supreme Court has tossed out the state of Texas’s lawsuit that attempted to invalidate over 10 million votes in four swing states Joe Biden won, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin. 

“The State of Texas’s motion for leave to file a bill of complaint is denied for lack of standing under Article III of the Constitution. Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections. All other pending motions are dismissed as moot,” the Supreme Court wrote.

Filed by Texas’ Republican attorney general Ken Paxton, the lawsuit alleged the sudden changes to their election process due to coronavirus restrictions rendered the elections unconstitutional and therefore invalid while also pursuing delays in the selection of their presidential electors to allow more time to investigate voter fraud. 

The lawsuit quickly gained traction within the Republican Party as a sort of ultimate hail mary, the “big one”, as President Trump dubbed it. 

Over 120 House Republicans backed the suit, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (La.). Seventeen states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia filed a brief in support of the lawsuit to the Supreme Court, believing “the unconstitutional administration of elections” ruined the sanctity of our elections and disenfranchised voters in their states.

Even garnering the backing of President Trump himself, he tweeted out, “We will be INTERVENING in the Texas (plus many other states) case. This is the big one. Our Country needs a victory!” 

After dozens of dismissed cases posed by the Trump legal team, ranging from district courts to the Supreme Court, no significant legal victory was ever achieved. And with mere days before electors vote on December 14th, the likelihood of President Trump retaining his Presidency has largely bottomed out, demanding an outright buzzer-beater to reverse the results of the election. 

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