Late Thursday afternoon, 106 House Republicans signed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit filed by Texas asking the United States Supreme Court to overturn the results of the 2020 election and install President Donald Trump for a second term.
John Kruzel posted the list of lawmakers on Twitter.
— John Kruzel (@johnkruzel) December 10, 2020
Texas, along with seventeen other states – all of whom voted for Trump – are suing the swing states of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin, which President-Elect Joe Biden won with significant margins, accusing them of rigging the election in favor of Biden.
Specifically, the signatories are urging the Supreme Court to allow states to appoint electors who will hand Trump a victory in the Electoral College.
“On the merits, this amicus brief defends the constitutional authority of state legislatures as the only bodies duly authorized to establish the manner by which presidential electors are appointed, one of the central issues in the pending litigation. As members of the federal legislature, these amici seek to protect the constitutional role of state legislatures in determining the manner by which states choose their electors,” the amicus brief states.
“These amici appear as 106 Members of Congress and respectfully request that this Court uphold the plenary authority of the state legislatures to establish the manner by which electors are appointed, and determine the constitutional validity of any ballots cast under rules and procedures established by actors or public bodies other than state legislatures,” it says.
“The legislature of every Defendant state had established detailed rules by which that state’s appointment of presidential electors should have been conducted. However, in the months before the 2020 election, those rules were deliberately changed by both state and non-state actors. The clear authority of those state legislatures to determine the rules for appointing electors was usurped at various times by governors, secretaries of state, election officials, state courts, federal courts, and private parties,” the document alleges.
“As members of the federal legislature, Amici seek to protect the constitutional role of state legislatures in establishing the manner by which Presidential Electors are appointed to ensure the Electoral College selects the candidate for President of the United States that was chosen by counting only lawful votes,” the brief continues. “This brief presents [our] concern as Members of Congress, shared by untold millions of their constituents, that the unconstitutional irregularities involved in the 2020 presidential election cast doubt upon its outcome and the integrity of the American system of elections.”
Republicans want the Supreme Court to upend democracy based on nothing but debunked conjectures and surveyed feelings:
Due in large part to those usurpations, the election of 2020 has been riddled with an unprecedented number of serious allegations of fraud and irregularities. National polls indicate a large percentage of Americans now have serious doubts about not just the outcome of the presidential contest, but also the future reliability of our election system itself. Amici respectfully aver it is the solemn duty of this Court to provide an objective review of these anomalies and to determine for the people if indeed the Constitution has been followed and the rule of law maintained.
Perhaps if Trump and the GOP had not mounted a years-long disinformation campaign disparaging American elections, their base’s faith in voting would have remained intact.
On Friday, 21 additional House Republicans – including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) – signed the amicus brief, bringing the total number of lawmakers committing sedition to 127.
Forty-one days until the inauguration.
(This story has been updated).
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