Lack of standing is the reason for SCOTUS dismissing the Ken Paxton suit to overturn the votes of four states. Meritless frivolity remains.
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) December 11, 2020
Trump has refused to acknowledge defeat, instead embarking on a noisy campaign to discredit the election. He has made unproven charges of corruption and a rigged election in states he lost and unsubstantiated claims of illegal voting, votes switched by computer software and rampant fraud.
Darn that sedition. One representative, Bill Pascrell jr (D-NJ), admonished the now 126 GOP members of the House who signed on to the Texas AG’s plan to get himself a pardon by appealing to SCOTUS to overturn the election. This Kraken Caucus as named by Jake Tapper, decided to use this stunt to pledge their Trumpian allegiance in what MSM called a “long-shot”. The 2022 campaign in 126 districts has begun.
“A press release masquerading as a lawsuit”
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) December 11, 2020
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 10, 2020
— Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) December 11, 2020
A reminder that Texas’s frivolous, clownish, anti-democratic, “seditious abuse of the judicial process” is going nowhere.
But it felt like a landmark moment in the ongoing deracination of conservative principles when 18 states and a majority of the Republican congressional caucus signed on to the attempt to nullify the votes of tens of millions of Americas. (BTW: here is a thorough fact check of the five conspiracy theories in the Texas attorney general’s lawsuit.)
Over the last years, we’ve grown used to disillusionment and soul-crushing disappointment. But what do we make of this slouch toward raw authoritarianism?
Jonah Goldberg notes that the Texas lawsuit “is a betrayal of everything defenders of federalism and the Electoral College claim to believe.”
The decision by Republicans to embrace the attempt to steal the election, he writes, is “an act of cynical, unpatriotic, undemocratic hypocrisy unrivaled in American history, a pure power play on behalf of a president whose disregard for the very Constitution these people have long claimed to adore is total. It is shameful. Infuriatingly shameful.”
Rep. Gary Palmer, Fifth Congressional District
Rep. Mo Brooks, Fifth Congressional District
Rep. Bradley Byrne, First Congressional District
Rep. Robert Aderholt, Fourth Congressional District
Rep. Andy Biggs, Fifth Congressional District
Rep. Debbie Lesko, Eighth Congressional District