Following the rejection by SCOTUS of the election integrity lawsuit from Texas, the state’s GOP chairman has suggested secession could be the solution.
SCOTUS rejected the lawsuit from Texas, filed against Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin, for alleged constitutional violations, which included the illegal altering of election laws, mostly regarding mail-in voting, that allowed alleged mass voter fraud to take place.
The lawsuit was rejected due to a “lack of standing under Article III of the Constituion, with a brief order arguing that “Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections.” Justices Alito and Thomas dissented, arguing that SCOTUS does not have the authority to turn down lawsuits between states.
In a statement, Texas GOP Chair Allen West responded to the decision, and argued that in the tossing of the “constituionally legitimate and critical” lawsuit, SCOTUS has “decreed that a state can take unconstitutional actions and violate its own election law,” suggesting secession may be a solution:
Resulting in damaging effects on other states that abide by the law, while the guilty state suffers no consequences. This decision establishes a precedent that says states can violate the US constitution and not be held accountable. This decision will have far-reaching ramifications for the future of our constitutional republic. Perhaps law-abiding states should bond together and form a Union of states that will abide by the constitution.
The @TexasGOP is out with a statement in the wake of the Supreme Court decision, all but calling for secession:
“Perhaps law-abiding states should bond together and form a Union of states that will abide by the constitution.” pic.twitter.com/4bB3gk88t4
— Adam Kelsey (@adamkelsey) December 12, 2020
The statement from West followed that of Texas State Representative Kyle Biedermann, who this week announced his plans to “file legislation that will allow a referendum to give Texans a vote for the State of Texas to reassert its status as an independent nation.” In the statement posted to social media, he argued the federal government “is out of control and doesn’t represent the values of Texans.”
The federal government is out of control & doesn’t represent the values of Texans. That is why I am committing to file legislation that will allow a referendum to give Texans a vote for the State of Texas to reassert its status as an independent nation. #Texit #txlege
— Kyle Biedermann (@KyleBiedermann) December 8, 2020