The US Supreme Court has rejected President Donald Trump’s last-ditch attempt to stay in the White House, dismissing a lawsuit seeking annulment of the November 3 election results.
The court wrote in its judgment on Friday evening that under Article III of the Constitution, the motion to file a grievance bill was rejected on the ground that it was based on defects.
The decision almost confirms that Trump’s Democratic rival Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on January 20.
A lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has called for the annulment of 10 million votes in four states, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin, 50 of the four states where President Trump lost. Seventeen and 120 Republican lawmakers from U.S. states also supported the move.
The Supreme Court wrote that there was no serious judicial interest in the way Texas conducted the election, adding that it was dismissing the complaint because it was flawed.
Reacting to the decision, Trump took to Twitter earlier this week to express his frustration and once again claimed that the election had been rigged.
He tweeted hours after the verdict that the Supreme Court had really disappointed him, there was no wisdom, no courage.
He wrote in another tweet that you are the president of the United States and you just ran in an election where you got more votes than any president in history and yet you lost.
Although President Trump has been trying to change the vote since election day, it is the most significant legal defeat for him and his allies so far.
On Wednesday, Trump said that the Texas lawsuit was too big and that he was hoping for a verdict in his favour. Our country needs a victory.
Paxton’s suit asked judges to extend the deadline for election certification to December 14, giving time to investigate alleged voting irregularities in four states. Seventeen other states, in support of Texas, also filed a petition in the Supreme Court. Short petitions were filed, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia. Trump won the election.
A group of Republican lawmakers in the US House of Representatives, as well as minority leader Kevin McCarthy and minority whip Steve Skles, have backed the move.
Michigan wrote in its response that there is no precedent for the challenge here, there is no real or legal basis for it.
Pennsylvania said the lawsuit was a “disgusting act of judicial action” and called on the court to send a clear message that such abuse should never be repeated.
Georgia, the most controversial state on the battlefield, wrote that Texas’ claims are no different from the numerous lawsuits filed in Georgia’s state and federal courts in recent weeks, and none of them have been prosecuted.
Pennsylvania, which has more than 20 electors among the most controversial states, wrote that nothing in the text, history or structure of the constitution supports Texas’ view that they can decide how to hold joint state elections.
Even Ohio, where President Trump won, opposed the Texas movement, writing that seeking relief through Texas would damage the very foundation of their federalist system, which it States are independent, free to govern themselves.
Lower courts have already rejected dozens of lawsuits and appeals from the Trump campaign, forcing the president and his supporters to pin their hopes on the Supreme Court.
Earlier on Friday, Trump called for a lawsuit from the Supreme Court, tweeting that if the Supreme Court showed great wisdom and courage, the American people would probably win the most important case in history. Our electoral process will be respected once again.
The president has said he is trying to change the outcome because the election was rigged, but Trump’s U.S. attorney general, Bill Barr, said earlier this month that the Justice Department has so far failed to reach large numbers of voters and have not seen any evidence of fraud.
The growing number of Republicans also acknowledged Trump’s defeat.