Commentary: SCOTUS Dumps Trump Again In Case That “Smacks Of Racism”
Another of Donald Trump’s post-election lawsuits has been rejected by the Supreme Court of the United States, this time one that a previous judge had criticized for “smack[ing] of racism.”
According to Law & Crime, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Jill Karofsky said, while hearing the case back in December, that it was concerning that the lawsuit focused on the two counties with the most Black voters. “This lawsuit..smacks of racism,” she warned Trump’s attorney, James Troupis.
SCOTUS Blog explains that Trump was requesting that the courts declare Wisconsin’s election certification unconstitutional and void, because of expanded absentee voting access during the pandemic.
Voter suppression often specifically targets communities with higher populations of POC, and this case was no exception. Trump has been criticized for only claiming election fraud in states he lost, and in this case, he’s specifically targeting two counties with larger Democratic voter bases and a higher population of Black voters.
The pandemic has also disproportionately affected POC, and a concern on the right was that more absentee voting access would give Democrats an edge by re-enfranchising demographics that the right-wing has worked to silence.
However, the Supreme Court isn’t hearing it — literally. Despite Trump’s triumph in managing to seat three Supreme Court Justices during his single term, shifting the ideological balance of the bench, and his apparent expectations that this would buy him SCOTUS’ support post-election, the court has turned him down again.
Democracy Docket has the full information on the case here — beginning with the December 2nd filing in Wisconsin, and ending on March 8, with the Supreme Court’s rejection.