Hours after President Donald Trump made an unprecedented public appeal for GOP legislators and the nation’s highest court to step in and reverse Joe Biden’s election victory, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a GOP effort designed to stop Pennsylvania from certifying Biden’s win in the Keystone State.
The decision was issued without a dissent from any Justice.
“This is as strong a message as the Court could *possibly* send that it’s not stepping into the election,” said Steve Vladeck, a law professor at the University of Texas.
Just a few hours earlier, the President had urged the Justices to do the exact opposite.
“Now let’s see whether or not somebody has the courage, whether it’s a legislator or legislatures, or whether it’s a Justice of the Supreme Court or a number of Justices of the Supreme Court, let’s see if they have the courage to do what everybody knows in this country is right,” the President said at the White House.
Here's the video of President Trump from earlier, making his most explicit appeal yet to overturn the victory of Joe Biden.— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) December 8, 2020
🚨🚨🚨BREAKING: Supreme Court DENIES GOP litigants' bid to nullify Biden's certified win in PENNSYLVANIA pic.twitter.com/7tcwddfdLB— John Kruzel (@johnkruzel) December 8, 2020
It was the 50th legal defeat for the President and his allies since Election Day, compared to just one small court victory.
Before the Supreme Court decision, the President again proclaimed that he was the winner in November, rattling off a series of election fraud claims which have been repeatedly shot down around the nation.
“Well we’re going to have to see who the next administration is, because we won in those swing states,” the President said at an event on the Coronavirus vaccine, as he explicitly called on Republicans and the courts to help subvert the 2020 election results.
“And if somebody has the courage, I know who the next administration will be,” Mr. Trump added.
After predicting for days that the Pennsylvania case would be the key to defeating Biden, supporters of the President swiftly shifted their attention to an extraordinary lawsuit from the state of Texas, which directly petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the Biden win.
The Texas filing at the Supreme Court is breathtaking in its audacity -- the state is literally asking the justices to consider summarily tossing out millions of votes and allow legislatures to appoint electors without any consideration of the will of the people pic.twitter.com/N4rcZvF57s— Lawrence Hurley (@lawrencehurley) December 8, 2020
The suggestion that Texas could somehow stop Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin from certifying their votes for Biden was quickly rejected.
“With all due respect, the Texas Attorney General is constitutionally, legally and factually wrong about Georgia,” a spokesperson for the Georgia Attorney General’s office told reporters.