The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday threw out a Texas proposal to overturn the results of the presidential election, which Republican Donald Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden, in a further setback for the president.
The impromptu lawsuit filed Tuesday night against four key states in the Nov. 3 vote – Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – challenged Biden’s victory in each of the four.
But Supreme Court justices said Texas, which voted for Trump, “has not demonstrated a judicially recognizable interest in the way another state conducts its elections.”
The lawsuit had been seen as bold and barely legally sound, given that no state has any legal right to interfere in the voting processes of another. Still, he had the backing of 106 Republican lawmakers and 17 state attorneys general.
Texas claimed that the results in the other four states were “unconstitutional” due to their heavy use of mail-order votes “prone to fraud” during the coronavirus pandemic.
It offered no evidence of significant fraud and did not contest the use of mail-in ballots in the states Trump won.
The lawsuit cited numerous alleged examples of potential fraud already repeatedly rejected by the courts in dozens of Trump campaign cases.
Minutes before the ruling was handed down, Trump launched a new television ad again falsely claiming the election was stolen, calling it “outrage” and asking his supporters to contact their lawmakers.
Earlier Friday, he urged the Supreme Court to show “great wisdom and courage” in a tweet stating that the “American people” needed the Texas lawsuit to win.
He also retweeted a conspiracy theory on electoral fraud stating that “Joe Biden will not set foot in that White House.”
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