by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
If President Trump’s attempts to challenge the election results fail at the Supreme Court, it could have lasting consequences for the Republican Party by demoralizing Trump voters with high hopes for conservative judges.
Trump campaign efforts to contest the results in multiple close battleground states over a month after the presidential election now hinge on the Supreme Court, where conservatives hold a 6-3 majority thanks to the president’s nominations.
“If Trump judges and GOP SC justices continue to reject all pleas for legal relief in this corrupted election, the political case for ‘conservative judges’ loses a lot of sway,” tweeted Julie Kelly, an American Greatness writer and prominent pro-Trump social media influencer after the justices denied a request to stop the certification of the Pennsylvania vote.
“The Court ducked,” tweeted Mark Levin, an influential conservative talk show host who served as chief of staff for Attorney General Ed Meese in the Reagan Justice Department in the 1980s.
The focus now shifts to a lawsuit filed by Texas challenging President-elect Joe Biden’s win on the basis that Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia mishandled mail-in ballots and violated their own election laws.
Sixteen other states Trump won in November — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia — threw their support behind the Texas suit on Wednesday, as did Trump himself.
“President Trump is fully committed to ensuring election integrity and fulfilling his oath to defend and protect the United States Constitution against state officials’ misconduct and violations of law that irredeemably compromised this election,” said Trump attorney and senior campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis in a statement. “We look forward to the Supreme Court resolving these important issues of election integrity that ultimately affect all Americans, and providing a remedy to the corruption that occurred.”