Texas GOP Chairman Allen West calls for secession as SCOTUS dismisses lawsuit to overturn Donald Trump's defeat
The Supreme Court on Friday, December 11, gave a ruling against President Donald Trump and his allies who have been desperately trying to overturn the outcomes of the November 3 election that went to Joe Biden. While seven out of nine judges refused to even hear the case, two agreed to hear but were not in favor of giving a verdict to facilitate Trump’s goal, leaving the result going virtually 0-9 against him.
While Trump’s critics and opponents were relieved by the SCOTUS’s ruling, others were not happy. Allen West, Texas Chairman of the GOP, was so upset with the verdict that he went on to say states should secede from the Union. He said “law-abiding states should bond together and form a Union of states”.
'A precedent that says states can violate US Constitution'
In a statement after the high court’s ruling came, the 59-year-old former army-man said: "The Supreme Court, in tossing the Texas lawsuit that was joined by seventeen states and 106 US congressman, has decreed that a state can take unconstitutional actions and violate its own election law. 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."
West’s remarks were read as a push for secession — something the southern states did in the run-up to the Civil War in the mid 19th century in a dispute over slavery.
The move to overturn the results of the November 3 election was initiated by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and four key states (Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) were sued over their election procedures. Legal experts though saw the move as a farce, questioning the Lone Star State’s justification in suspecting how other states conduct their elections. The Supreme Court almost unanimously rejected the case, with even the conservative judges feeling it had no merit. The ruling that stunned Trump came in just one page and it perhaps dashed all hopes that the incumbent president had in overturning the results of the election that he has been repeatedly accusing as rigged.
“Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections,” the ruling said.
Trump called the case “the big one” and came up with a series of tweets that were aimed at pushing the court to give the ruling in his favor. But it was not to be and in another tweet, he seemed to have acknowledged his defeat by saying in a tweet: “The Biden Administration will be a scandal plagued mess for years to come”.
Now that the Biden Administration will be a scandal plagued mess for years to come, it is much easier for the Supreme Court of the United States to follow the Constitution and do what everybody knows has to be done. They must show great Courage & Wisdom. Save the USA!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2020
West, a former one-time Congressman (2011-13) from Florida, took over the reins of the Texas Republican Party in July. During his time as the lawmaker, he was a prominent member of the Tea Party movement. He was also the first Black GOP member of the Congress from the Sunshine State since 1876.
West’s remarks came just days after Rush Limbaugh, an ailing conservative radio show host and commentator and staunch Trump supporter, said the US was possibly “trending towards secession” and that there couldn’t be a “peaceful coexistence” of the liberals and conservatives. Shortly after his words came, both Limbaugh and Civil War started trending on Twitter with Trump critics accusing him of instigating violence.