Gohmert Calls for Rioting After Judge Dismisses Election Lawsuit
Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Tex.) last night called for rioting in the streets in response to a federal judge’s dismissal of his long-shot lawsuit seeking to overturn results of the presidential election. Appearing on the far right television network Newsmax, Gohmert said, “This is an example of when the institutions that our Constitution created to resolve disputes so that you didn’t have to have riots and violence in the streets it’s when they go wrong.”
U.S. District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle, appointed by Donald Trump, issued the order dismissing the case because he found neither Gohmert nor any of the other GOP politicians who signed-on as co-plaintiffs have a sufficient legal stake in the process to justify the lawsuit.
On Newsmax Gohmert continued, “Bottom line – the court is saying we’re not going to touch this, you have no remedy. Basically the ruling would be that you gotta go to the streets and be as violent as Antifa and BLM.”
— Newsmax (@newsmax) January 2, 2021
Gohmert filed the lawsuit Dec. 28 asking the court to declare that Vice President Mike Pence has the legal authority to ignore the results of the Electoral College and pick pro-Trump electors on Jan. 6 to award Trump a second term. The Justice Department, on behalf of Pence, had filed a motion to have the suit dismissed on the grounds that Gohmert has no standing to file such an action and he mistakenly identified the vice president as the proper defendant.
The Texas congressman’s opposition to the DOJ motion to dismiss contained this very Gohmert-like language: “They say that the Vice President, the glorified envelope-opener in chief, has no authority to preside over anything else or to decide anything of substance or to even count the votes in those weighty envelopes. He is only the envelope-opener.”
But if you thought that the judge’s ruling is the final word on Gohmert’s far-fetched plan you would be wrong. He has appealed.