The 2020 election is facing its biggest legal challenge yet, thanks to a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and joined by 17 other states looking for a remedy to this travesty. The suit, which accuses Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin of violating their own laws in a rush to get voters signed up for mail-in balloting, could singlehandedly overturn the results of the election if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs.
To get to that point, though, the Supreme Court must first agree to hear the case. And if they do, the complainants will need a hell of an orator to make their case. And President Donald Trump thinks he knows just the man: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
According to The New York Times, “The president asked Cruz if he would be willing to make oral arguments in the case should it reach the Supreme Court.”
Cruz, who has reportedly accepted the task, spent years representing Texas as solicitor general, during which time he argued cases in front of the Supreme Court nine different times.
In a statement this week, Paxton said that his state’s lawsuit is a crucial measure to protect our election integrity.
“Trust in the integrity of our election processes is sacrosanct and binds our citizenry and the States in this Union together,” Paxton said. “Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin destroyed that trust and compromised the security and integrity of the 2020 election. The states violated statutes enacted by their duly elected legislatures, thereby violating the Constitution.
“By ignoring both state and federal law, these states have not only tainted the integrity of their own citizens’ vote, but of Texas and every other state that held lawful elections,” Paxton continued. “Their failure to abide by the rule of law casts a dark shadow of doubt over the outcome of the entire election. We now ask that the Supreme Court step in to correct this egregious error.”
There are many facets to the lawsuit, but the most important one – in terms of getting the Supreme Court to take the case – is Texas’s argument that the four states in question treated voters from different parts of the state in different ways. The plaintiffs argue that this differential treatment not only favored Democrats but put the states in violation of the 14th Amendment. If they can prove that this – and the one-person, one-vote principle – was violated, they can also prove that the citizens of Texas were injured as a result of actions taken in these other states.
Legal experts do not appear to be confident in the lawsuit’s ability to succeed, but it seems to us that there is a lot of meat on this particular bone. We’ll soon see if the Supreme Court agrees.