Republican Party of Texas Chairman Allen West suggested states should secede from the union after the Supreme Court refused to hear a case President Donald Trump wanted to use to overturn the presidential election.
‘This decision establishes a precedent that says states can violate the US constitution and not be held accountable,’ West said. ‘Perhaps law-abiding states should bond together and form a Union of states that will abide by the constitution,’ he added.
His comments were quickly read as a push for secession, what southern states did in the lead-up to the Civil War, in a dispute over slavery.
The Supreme Court on Friday denied a Hail Mary effort by the attorney general of Texas who had asked the court to intervene and overturn the election in four states that went for Joe Biden, dealing a blow to Trump’s legal strategy.
The court was fully in agreement that they would dismiss the case, though Justice Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, both appointed by Republicans, said they would have heard the case – but that they would have refused to overturn the election result effectively making the result 9-0.
The stunning end to Trump’s legal bid to overturn the election came just after 6.30pm in a one-page ruling from the court.
‘Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections,’ the ruling said – refusing to even take up a case that legal scholars had already ripped as a legal farce.
Texas tried to argue that it had been hurt by Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia expanding mail-in voting, which the state’s AG tried to argue was unconstitutional.
How elections are carried out have always been the purview of individual states.
Trump had called the case ‘the big one,’ and tweeted a series of messages designed to push the court to rule in his favor.
Now, with the high court dismissing the high-profile effort – the mother of all the ‘Kraken’ lawsuits – he is without an avenue to overturn the election he calls ‘rigged’ despite dozens of lower courts ruling against allied efforts.
West, a former one-term congressman from Florida, took over Texas’ Republican Party earlier this year.
During his time on Capitol Hill, from 2011 to 2013, he was a prominent member of the Tea Party movement.
He was the first black Republican member of Congress from Florida since 1876.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Nikki Schwab and Geoff Earle