Texas Republicans launched a federal lawsuit directly with the Supreme Court against four swing states with disputed election results, and the effort was soon joined by several other Republican-led states and GOP lawmakers.
Now, President Donald Trump appears to have also joined the cause as part of his re-election campaign’s continued push to overturn the results of a race the mainstream media declared was won by Democratic nominee Joe Biden, The Post Millennial reports.
“Our country needs a victory”
In a tweet on Wednesday, he called this suit “the big one” and signaled his intent to intervene.
We will be INTERVENING in the Texas (plus many other states) case. This is the big one. Our Country needs a victory!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2020
Shortly before that tweet, Trump reacted to a court’s rejection of a separate lawsuit against Pennsylvania, which did not directly involve his legal team.
After distancing himself from the failed complaint, the president turned his attention to the Texas case.
“The case that everyone has been waiting for is the State’s case with Texas and numerous others joining,” he wrote. “It is very strong, ALL CRITERIA MET. How can you have a presidency when a vast majority think the election was RIGGED?”
“Failed to enforce election laws”
After announcing he would intervene, or join the case as a plaintiff, SCOTUSblog indicated that he followed through and filed a motion to that end.
Chapman University law professor Jon Eastman filed the motion on Trump’s behalf in the lawsuit alleging illegal election-rule changes in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
According to the motion, “election officials in each of the Defendant States altered or otherwise failed to enforce state election laws in the conduct of the 2020 election.”
As a result, Eastman argued: “The violations of state election law, which is the ‘manner’ the Legislatures of the States have established for choosing presidential electors, violates the Electors Clause of the U.S. Constitution and thus this matter arises under federal law.”
Thanks in large part to the efforts of Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), more than 100 House Republicans have also signed on in support of the Texas case, CBS News reports.