Seventeen states support the Texas lawsuit against four key states that Joe Biden claims to have won. It seems impossible that the Supreme Court will not deal with it. The countless allegations of fraud only play a subordinate role.
Breach of the constitution in the guise of a pandemic
On Monday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit in the US Supreme Court against the four swing states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia.
Paxton’s strategy does not pursue the numerous allegations of fraud that surround the US elections, especially in these states. Instead, he questions the legitimacy of the electoral circumstances.
According to his department, these states “took advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to ignore federal and state electoral laws and make last-minute illegal changes.” This “skewed” the election results.
No fewer than 17 other US states have since officially announced their support for taking the case to the Supreme Court. These are Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia.
“Have to respect the constitution!”
Texas is now asking the nine constitutional judges to use an injunction to prevent the defendant states from carrying their controversial election results to the electoral college. That would take place on December 14th, next Monday. The Supreme Court should be given enough time to examine the allegations.
“If other states fail to abide by the constitution,” Paxton told Fox News on Tuesday, “(…) it will affect my state.” What Paxton means is that presumably unconstitutional electoral procedures – such as the deadline for submitting postal votes – would violate the nationwide equal protection clause.
Paxton: “It is our job to make sure the Constitution is obeyed and that every vote counts. And in this case, I’m not sure every vote was counted. Not in the way it would be right.”
Trump is playing for time
All of this comes in handy for Trump’s attorneys’ strategy. Their goal is likely to be to push Biden’s 306 electoral votes below 270 before they have to be certified by Congress by December 23 at the latest. The four swing states make up a total of 62 votes.
According to the 12th Amendment to the US Constitution, the House of Representatives decides what happens if no presidential candidate receives the required 270 votes. The fact that the Democrats have a weak majority there is insignificant for Team Trump, because then, according to the constitution, “the representation of every state has one vote”. For the Republicans, that’s a 27-to-22 advantage.
Perhaps that explains why YouTube announced on Wednesday that it would henceforth block all videos that claim that the American election experienced irregularities.