Outgoing US President Donald Trump received a setback from the US Supreme Court on Friday when it dismissed Trump’s lawsuit, alleging rigging in the presidential elections in Texas and questioning President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
The court said Texas has no basis to file cases against Biden’s victory in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The case was filed on Tuesday by Ken Paxton, the Republican Attorney General of Texas and Trump’s aide. On Wednesday, Trump filed a motion to intervene in the matter.
The Division Bench of Justices Samuel Alito and Judge Clarence Thomas said that they had allowed Texas to prosecute but the four states were not prevented from finalizing their election results.
“The State of Texas’s motion for leave to file a bill of complaint is denied for lack of standing under Article III of the Constitution. Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections. All other pending motions are dismissed as moot,” the Court said in its order.
The decision brings an abrupt, unceremonious end to Trump’s legal effort to essentially scrap the democratic process to preserve his presidency, a six-week-long crusade in which he claimed false conspiracies about voter fraud to drive up distrust of the US election system. While there was no immediate response from the White House, a Biden spokesperson said it is no surprise that the court rejected Trump’s baseless efforts.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, said in a tweet that the US Supreme Court saw how the electoral process was tried to be used as a traitorous abuse through this case. He said that Trump has falsely claimed that he won the election and made unfounded allegations of rigging in the election.
The final results of the US presidential election have been declared. Democratic Party candidate President-elect Joe Biden is estimated to have won 306 electoral votes. Trump’s got 232 votes. To win the presidential election, 270 of 538 electoral votes are required.