A U.S. Supreme Court challenge initiated by Texas against the election results of four other states attracted the support of 19 GOP state attorneys general and 126 House Republicans.
When the nation’s high court ruled against them on Friday, Texas Republicans reportedly responded with a call for defiance.
“Ramifications for the future”
State GOP Chairman Allen West raised eyebrows for seeming to stop just short of a call for secession, asserting in a statement that his and other “law-abiding” states should “bond together and form a Union of states that will abide by the constitution.”
Within days of its introduction, the Supreme Court summarily rejected the Texas case with its decision announced on Friday.
For their part, plaintiffs argued that Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Wisconsin violated the U.S. Constitution in the institution of election-related procedural changes.
After the case was tossed out by the Supreme Court, West released his statement insisting that the ruling meant “states can violate the US constitution and not be held accountable.”
He went on to decry the perceived “precedent” the decision set as well as “ramifications for the future of our constitutional republic.”
“Even while other’s don’t”
While not openly calling for states to break away from the nation, he fueled such speculation with his closing remarks: “Perhaps law-abiding states should bond together and form a Union of states that will abide by the constitution. Texas GOP will always stand for the Constitution and for the rule of law even while others don’t.”
West subsequently clarified his statements, saying he never meant to suggest that Texas should secede, declaring that the “real perpetrators of secession” are the states in which dubious election processes led to disputed results.
“Either we are a nation of laws that establishes how we are to be governed, or we are a nation where ideologues pick and choose what is applicable to them, to the detriment of those who follow the law,” he said.
While many Trump critics hailed the Supreme Court ruling as the apparent death knell for the president’s post-election challenges, he responded with an attack on the court’s lack of “courage” while refusing to concede defeat in what he described as a “rigged” election.
Texas electors similarly rebuked the Supreme Court decision, citing its “lack of action” in a resolution on Monday that called on the state legislators in the four states named in the suit to appoint their own electors for Trump.