The US Supreme Court, on Friday, rejected a longshot lawsuit by Texas and backed by President Donald Trump seeking to throw out voting results in four states, dealing him a likely fatal blow in his quest to undo his election loss to President-elect Joe Biden.
The decision allows the US Electoral College to press ahead with a meeting on Monday, where it is expected; to formally cast its votes and make Biden’s victory official. Biden, a Democrat, has amassed 206 votes to Trump’s 232; in the state-by-state Electoral College, which allots votes to all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on population.
In a brief order, the justice said Texas did not have legal standing to bring the case, abruptly ending what Trump had touted this week as his best hope for overturning the election.
After midnight, Trump said on Twitter, “The Supreme Court really let us down. No Wisdom, no Courage!” Complaining that the court had rejected; the case “in a flash” despite his winning more votes than any other sitting president. A Rigged Election, fight on!”
While Biden has moved forward with a wave of appointments; ahead of assuming office on 20th January, Trump and his legal team have filed a flurry of unsuccessful lawsuits; in several states baselessly claiming voter fraud and challenging the results.
Trump’s goal had long been for a case to reach the Supreme Court, where he had placed three new justices in his first term; and where conservatives hold a 6-3 majority. The lawsuit brought by Texas supported by 17 other states and; more than 100 Republican members of Congress gave him that opportunity.
In the run-up of the 3rd November election, Trump had pushed for the swift confirmation; of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, with the publicly stated hope that; she could be in a position to help rule on an election challenge. However, Barrett and the two other justices appointed by Trump – Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh; signed onto the court’s order detailing the Texas suit without comment.
Two of the court’s conservatives, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas, said they would have allowed Texas to sue but would not have blocked the four states from finalizing their election results.
Together with a case of Pennsylvania, it was the second time this week that; the court spurned the attempt to overturn the will of voters. The Texas case was filed on Tuesday; by Ken Paxton, the Republican attorney general of the state and a Trump ally. The Republican president on Wednesday filed a motion to intervene and become a plaintiff.
White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said of the justices on Fox News Channel “There’s no way to say it other than they dodged. They dodged, they hid behind the procedure, and they refused to use their authority to enforce the constitution.”
A Biden spokesman said it was “no surprise” the high court rejected “baseless attempts” to deny Trump lost the election. “Our nation’s highest court saw through this seditious abuse of our electoral process,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, said on Twitter.