Trump Demands GOP Leaders Fight Newly Drawn District Map That Stops Pennsylvania Gerrymandering
President Donald Trump on Tuesday demanded that Republicans in Pennsylvania fight a State Supreme Court order that redrew previous district lines that heavily favored Republicans in the state.
The state’s Supreme Court released new congressional district lines on Monday to replace old, Republican-drawn maps.
“Hope Republicans in the Great State of Pennsylvania challenge the new ‘pushed’ Congressional Map, all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning. “Your Original was correct! Don’t let the Dems take elections away from you so that they can raise taxes & waste money!”
Hope Republicans in the Great State of Pennsylvania challenge the new “pushed” Congressional Map, all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary. Your Original was correct! Don’t let the Dems take elections away from you so that they can raise taxes & waste money!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2018
Republicans in the Pennsylvania Legislature had already said they planned to fight their own state Supreme Court. The U.S. Supreme Court previously refused to hear a challenge to the state high court’s ruling that the previous maps were gerrymandered in a way that violated the Pennsylvania Constitution.
The State Supreme Court released the newly drawn district lines just ahead of the swing state’s primary elections in May. House Republicans said on Monday they were still analyzing the partisan makeup of the new districts.
Currently, Republicans hold 12 of the state’s 18 congressional districts. An additional seat will remain empty until a special election is held next month.
State Democrats are already targeting four districts they believe will flip in their favor. The Democrats are hoping to grap 24 seats nationwide, allowing them to retake control fo the US House.
Under the State Supreme Court, Philadelphia suburbs were redrawn for seats that are currently held by three Republicans: Ryan Costello, Brian Fitzpatrick and the retiring Pat Meehan. Those districts were already being targeted by the Democratic party.
Even if a challenge is issued, it’s unlikely the lines will be redrawn a second time before midterm elections are completed.
Trump’s call to action wouldn’t have been completed without an attack against taxes and wasted money.
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