For weeks, millions of President Donald Trump’s supporters had faith that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett would be the one person on the High Court who might actually have the courage to give Trump’s legal efforts to overturn the election a chance to be heard.
According to the Daily Caller, that was unfortunately not the case, as Barrett was one of the justices who joined the majority in rejecting a highly-anticipated election-related case brought to the Supreme Court by the state of Texas, on behalf of Attorney General Ken Paxton.
At the crux of the Texas lawsuit, which was supported by 17 Republican-led states and over 100 Republican lawmakers in addition to the president himself, were accusations that the defendant states of Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin all made illegal changes to their state’s voting laws prior to the 2020 election.
“Using the COVID-19 pandemic as a justification, government officials in the defendant states of Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, usurped their legislatures’ authority and unconstitutionally revised their state’s election statutes,” the Texas suit read.
Because of those alleged violations, Texas sought relief in the form of invalidating the results in those states — a notion that the Supreme Court completely disagreed with, as they rejected the case almost as quickly as it was filed.
The High Court ruled that not only did the Texas case lack standing, but it also failed to provide “judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections.”
Only two Justices — Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas — dissented with the court’s decision, which meant that all three Supreme Court appointees under the president failed to come through. However, according to NPR, the two dissenting Justices would have allowed the state to file the complaint but wouldn’t have granted the relief sought in the case.
Most experts have agreed that even though the Texas case was a longshot, it was likely the last-ditch effort for Trump and his supporters to upend the results of the 2020 election in any of the battleground states.
On the other hand, the year 2020 has provided plenty of twists and turns that nobody saw coming, so at the end of the day, this situation truly might not be over quite yet.