The Supreme Court is seen as the court reviews a lawsuit filed by Texas seeking to undo President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory in Washington, U.S., December 11, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is in no position to tell other states how to run their elections, according to legal briefs filed by Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in response to a lawsuit filed by Texas that seeks to throw out the states’ electoral votes.

“Texas has not suffered harm simply because it dislikes the results of the election,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court. “The court should not abide this seditious abuse of the judicial process, and should send a clear and unmistakable signal that such abuse must never be replicated.”

This comes after 106 members of Congress and 17 state attorneys general signed onto Texas’ case. Congressman Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, asked Republican Congress members to join the friend-of-the-court brief to affirm their concerns regarding election integrity. President Donald Trump thanked Johnson for submitting the brief and also filed a motion to join Texas’ case. 

The three other states also expressed outrage at the attempt to overturn votes and stated that the case did not belong in the Supreme Court to begin with. 

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Texas’ challenge was “an unprecedented one, without factual foundation and without a valid legal basis.” Georgia Attorney General Christopher Carr stated that Georgia did what the Constitution empowered it to do, administering an election amid logistical challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and certifying its results numerous times. Wisconsin Attorney General Joshua Kaul similarly asked for the case to be dismissed for many reasons, saying the lawsuit represented “an extraordinary intrusion” into a task the Constitution gives to each state.

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106 Congressional Republicans Sign On to Crazy Texas Lawsuit Trying to Overturn Election – The Daily Beast – 12/10/2020
A staggering 106 Republican members of Congress have filed a brief in support of Texas’ improbable Supreme Court lawsuit aiming to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Given that every state has certified its electoral results, President-elect Joe Biden is expected to win the Electoral College once it officially votes on Monday. The suit alleges that states changed their voting systems in a way that facilitated fraud. As Texas has no authority over other states’ laws, experts predict the case is virtually assured to get dismissed.

Texas Unleashes an Absurd Kraken – National Review – 12/11/2020
It’s not too much to say Texas wants the Supreme Court to betray the U.S. constitutional order in a purported effort to save it. That 17 other Republican states have filed a brief supporting Texas — and so have over 100 Republican members of the House — is a symptom of how far down the rabbit hole Trump has led the GOP in his election challenge.

Republicans want more than a coup: Trump’s loyalty test exposes their hatred for democracy – Salon – 12/11/2020
These Republicans have outed themselves as opponents of democracy. There is no other way to read this, and no wiggle room to pretend otherwise. This isn’t about “voter fraud” or any of the other bad-faith gambits that Trump and his supporters are throwing out as distractions. It’s about throwing out entire state elections because they favored a Democrat.

Ken Paxton to Newsmax TV: ‘We’re Asking to Be Heard’ – Newsmax TV – 12/11/2020
Paxton noted on “John Bachman Now” that “the founders put in place these lawsuits allowing us to go to the U.S. Supreme Court on these lawsuits between states, designed so that states don’t go to war against each other. They don’t have to lift up arms.” He also took issue with the language Democrats used to criticize his lawsuit, which they described as a “seditious abuse of the judicial process.”

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