Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. He can be reached on [email protected]
In a useless move to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election clearly won by President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., Texas filed a legally baseless, dumb and stupid lawsuit with the Supreme Court on Tuesday seeking to delay the certification of election results in four states won by Biden – Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
A day after, on Wednesday, 17 of the 25 Republican states in the United States filed a brief with the Supreme Court, which is a show of support for the stupid lawsuit (I will explain why).
President Donald Trump then filed a motion with the court to intervene, which has made him a party to the case.
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So let me summarize: Texas, which often claims to be “a law and order state” filed a baseless lawsuit on Tuesday seeking to invalidate millions of votes in four other states, 17 Republican attorneys general joined the lawsuit and President Trump also joined the frivolous lawsuit.
Trump then asked his friend Ted Cruz, the Senator from Texas, who has not practiced serious law for a long time, to argue the case for him at the Supreme Court. That is, if the Supreme Court even agrees to hear it.
The Texas lawsuit was filed by Trump’s friend, the Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, who is considering a run for governor. His suit claims that voting irregularities in the four states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Georgia should be investigated by the state legislatures before they can certify Biden’s win, in the hope that the Republican lawmakers will overturn the results of the election or appoint Trump electors who will disregard who won these states and pick Trump when the electoral college meets on Monday.
There are 50 states in the United States, and 25 Republican attorney generals in the country. While 17 of them joined the lawsuit, two of the Republican states won by Biden – Georgia and Arizona refused to join the suit.
In fact, Chris Carr, the Republican attorney general in Georgia pushed back against the Texas lawsuit after it was filed, issuing a statement, saying Ken Paxton was “constitutionally, legally and factually wrong about Georgia.”
The suit is so unserious that President Trump’s own motion to join it did not say rampant election fraud took place. His motion claimed that reporting in the media ‘misses the point’ because the larger issue is whether state officials loosened ballot safeguards “so that fraud becomes undetectable.”
In other words, unable to provide proof of election fraud, the President of the United States is asking the Supreme Court to throw away millions of votes in four states he lost because he suspects that there was election fraud that “he could not detect.”
He says the fraud was so sophisticated that he and his Republican lawbreakers and all their investigators could not detect it and cannot prove it. That’s the entire case.
This is so ridiculous because in those same states Mr. Trump lost, Republican candidates won seats with the same votes that they are now claiming were fraudulent but they cannot prove it.
The suit can be summarized this way. “We suspect there was fraud because of mail in ballots in those states the President lost, but we cannot prove it because it was so sophisticated, and so undetectable. We want you to throw away those votes, millions of them and hand Mr. Trump victory so he can get a second term in office. But we want you to accept the results in the other states Mr. Trump won using the same mail in ballots. That is our suit.”
Needless to say the lawsuit is dumb and stupid and will be thrown out by the Supreme Court and Joe Biden’s victory will be formalized when the electoral college meets on Monday, December 14, 2020, and he will be sworn into office at noon on January 20, 2021, and undo the massive and global damage done by President Trump. That’s all you should know, and that’s what will happen.
Simon Ateba is a correspondent for Today News Africa in Washington, District of Columbia.