President Donald Trump has lashed out after the Supreme Court refused to hear the lawsuit spearheaded by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that sought to invalidate the election results in four other states.
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to hear the lawsuit to overturn Joe Biden‘s election victory, ending an attempt to argue legal issues that were rejected by state and federal judges before the nation´s highest court.
Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito said they would have heard the case but that they would have refused to overturn the election result. The other seven justices declined to hear the case, ending the legal bid.
‘This is a great and disgraceful miscarriage of justice. The people of the United States were cheated, and our Country disgraced. Never even given our day in Court!’ Trump tweeted on Saturday morning from the White House.
President Donald Trump has lashed out after the Supreme Court refused to hear the election lawsuit spearheaded by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton
Justices Clarence Thomas (front, second from left) and Samuel Alito (front right) were alone in saying they would hear the case. Late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (front, second from right) has been replaced by Justice Amy Coney Barrett since this official photo was taken
‘I WON THE ELECTION IN A LANDSLIDE, but remember, I only think in terms of legal votes, not all of the fake voters and fraud that miraculously floated in from everywhere! What a disgrace!’ he continued.
Trump also lashed out at the Republican governors of Georgia and Arizona, two states that he won in 2016 but lost this year.
‘Who is a worse governor, @BrianKempGA of Georgia or @dougducey of Arizona???’ he asked.
‘These are two RINO Republicans who fought against me and the Republican Party harder than any Democrat. They allowed states that I won easily to be stolen. Never forget, vote them out of office!’ continued Trump.
More than 50 federal and state court rulings have upheld Biden´s victory over Trump.
Trump has refused to concede defeat, alleging without evidence that he was denied victory by massive fraud.
On Saturday, Trump’s supporters are returning to Washington for a pair of rallies to back his desperate efforts to subvert the election that he lost.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton led 18 states in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the election
Trump also lashed out at Republican Governors Brian Kemp of Georgia (left) and Doug Ducey of Arizona (right), two states he won in 2016 but lost this year
One of the rallies will be at Freedom Plaza downtown and the other nearby on the National Mall.
The event on the mall, dubbed the Jericho March, is described on its website as a several-hour ‘prayer rally’ with a series of sermons and speakers ‘praying for the walls of corruption and election fraud to fall down.’
The plans reference the Biblical miracle of the battle of Jericho, in which the walls of the city crumbled after priests and soldiers marched around it and blew their trumpets.
Retired Army General Mike Flynn, who twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with the former Russian ambassador, is scheduled to speak from the high court steps, his his first public address since Trump pardoned him on November 24.
Republican political donors and religious figures, including My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell and radio host Eric Metaxas, are also expected to attend.
Organizers of the Freedom Plaza rally seem intent on avoiding confrontations, telling demonstrators to avoid certain hotels and marking off large chunks of downtown Washington as a ‘no-go zone.’
The rallies Saturday come a month after a pro-Trump demonstration that drew at least 10,000 people to the capital.
That day began with Trump thrilling supporters when his motorcade passed by and ended with scattered clashes between his loyalists and local activists near Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House.
An anti-Trump group called a rally near the White House on Saturday as well, raising the potential for a repeat of clashes that occurred November 14.
On Friday night, Trump fumed into the early hours of the morning about the result as he launched a Twitter tirade declaring it a ‘legal disgrace’ and an ’embarrassment to the USA’.
The Supreme Court declined to take the case Trump called ‘the big one, dismissing completely on Friday evening
He had been scheduled to address the White House Christmas party earlier in the evening but guests were informed last-minute that he would not be joining.
‘So, you’re the President of the United States, and you just went through an election where you got more votes than any sitting President in history, by far – and purportedly lost,’ he wrote.
‘You can’t get “standing” before the Supreme Court, so you “intervene” with wonderful states hat, after careful study and consideration, think you got “screwed”, something which will hurt them also. Many others likewise join the suit but, within a flash, it is thrown out and gone, without even looking at the many reasons it was brought.
‘A Rigged Election, fight on!’ he added, appearing to be determined to continue refusing to concede the election.
Trump ally Roger Stone joined with the far-right group Proud Boys to march in protest of the Supreme Court decision after dark on Friday.
Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio was at the rally and addressed the crowd of Trump supporters near the Washington Monument Friday night.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, the group is a far-right males-only extremist group that has neo-fascist, violent, nationalistic, Islamophobic, and misogynistic views.
A disappointed Texas AG Ken Paxton responded to the result on Twitter, saying: ‘It is unfortunate that the Supreme Court decided not to take this case and determine the constitutionality of these four states’ failure to follow federal and state election law.’
The president sought to intervene in the case – and 126 Republican House members followed suit, while 17 states signed a friend of the court brief supporting the Texas suit.
D.C.: Roger Stone, center, a longtime friend and adviser of the president, joined with supporters of Trump and members of the far-right Proud Boys as they march to protest the Supreme Court decision in D.C. on Friday night
D.C.: Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio (center) walks as hundreds of Trump supporters and members of the far-right group march in Washington D.C. following Friday night’s Supreme Court decision to dismiss a case regarding alleged election fraud
D.C.: Cops pull apart a pro-Trump protester and a counter protester as demonstrations began to turn violent
That didn’t stop the four states being sued, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia, from blasting the suit as ‘legally indefensible and is an affront to principles of constitutional democracy.’
But the Supreme Court majority found that Texas lacked ‘standing’ to even bring the case. It also had not demonstrated a ‘judiciably cognizable interest in the manner in which another state conducts elections.’
In other word, Texas failed to demonstrate how it had been harmed by the election procedures in the four states singled out in the suit.
The dissent by Alito and Thomas was a particular blow. The two conservatives gave no quarter to the substance of Texas’ argument.
Their separate dissent spoke only to their position that they would have heard the case, or granted certiorari, due to its nature as an inter-state dispute.
They said it ‘falls within our original jurisdiction,’ a reference to the Constitutions grant of authority to the Supreme Court to hear such cases. Both have previously said they believe that they have no choice but to hear cases brought by states.
Their statement that they ‘would not grant other relief’ constitutes a rebuke to the case itself, and it was not required that they telegraph what they would decide.