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  • The U.

  • S Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by President Donald Trump and the state of Texas to overturn results in the presidential election.

  • The suit challenged President elect Joe Biden's victories in Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

  • But justices ruled that Texas didn't have the right to challenge how other states run their elections.

  • The defeat marks a huge setback for Donald Trump in his bid to seize electoral victory from Biden.

  • For more, let's go to Orlando and speak to Professor Michael T.

  • Morley, an election and constitutional law expert from Florida State University professor Welcome.

  • It seemed to be widely expected that this challenge by Texas would fail, which turned out to be correct.

  • Why did the Supreme Court dismiss it?

  • The Supreme Court held that Texas lacked standing to challenge the results of the other states elections, the presidential election in the United States.

  • We often think of it as a single nation wide unitary event when, in reality it's conducted is a Siris of 51 separate elections within each of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia.

  • And so the Supreme Court held that it lacked jurisdiction over Texas is challenge because it said the state of Texas didn't have illegal interest in how other states went about conducting their presidential election and whether there were violations of other states, laws or even violations of the US Constitution in those other states.

  • So it refused to hear the case due to Texas is lack of standing to pursue the types of legal issues that it had sought to raise ID like Thio.

  • Get your opinion on the implications of this challenge.

  • It did fail.

  • But after all, 18 states and more than 100 Republicans in Congress endorsed discarding the results of the election.

  • What what does this mean?

  • Well, I I think that there's a few different ways you can look at that on.

  • On the one hand, I think it it shows, uh, certainly widespread institutional support within the Republican Party for President Trump the fact that he was able to get that wide of the backing for for for Texas lawsuit.

  • On the other hand, I think it shows that, at least among some segment of the population, concern about the results of the election potential just skepticism about the electoral process is ah whole obviously the election was conducted in the wake of CO vid 19, there had been numerous changes as a result of court orders and emergency regulations and other types of emergency orders that had been passed in order to allow the election to be conducted in the wake of a global pandemic.

  • By and large, I think election officials across the nation performed admirably, admirably.

  • They it was remarkable that they were able to pull off the election with so few unexpected bumps.

  • But I think that just the sheer extent of the changes, at least among some portion of the population, right lead thio skepticism.

  • The enhanced use of the males obviously read President Trump throughout the campaign had had called into question heavy emphasis on on mailing voting.

  • And so I think that overall, we saw those factors coalesce in the in the support on the Republican end that that Texas wound up getting before the court.

  • On Monday, the Electoral College meets to formally elected Joe Biden as US president.

  • We also know lawsuits brought by Trump and his allies have failed repeatedly across the country.

  • Is this the end off the legal road for Donald Trump?

  • Well, this one of the things that made the Texas suit so unique and again the court held that didn't even have jurisdiction.

  • A lot of commentators had had pointed out the numerous procedural and jurisdictional hurdles that it faced.

  • But one of the unique aspects of the Texas suit is that it essentially sought to bring the entire election before the Supreme Court that had identified four different states where Texas claimed it had statutory and constitutional problems and invited the court to handle the issue in one fell swoop.

  • They're still there are still cases pending in the lower courts.

  • As a matter of fact, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has just agreed to hear an appeal brought by the Trump campaign tomorrow.

  • There are other cases where the Trump campaign has lost in the lower courts, where it can still ask the Supreme Court itself.

  • Thio here those cases.

  • So over the upcoming days and potentially even weeks, I expect to see continued litigation.

  • I think it's extraordinarily unlikely that any of those lawsuits will succeed, but the short answer is no.

  • This this case while it presented one unified package that would have allowed the court to consider all of the objections being raised a t least in most of the states across the board.

  • The court's rejection of this case doesn't shut the door on all these other cases that remain pending in the lower court.

  • Okay, it's been good to talk to you, Professor Michael T.

  • Molly from Florida State University.

  • Thank you very much.

  • Thank you.


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