Seventeen states whose elections were won by President Donald Trump told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that they support the efforts of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to file a lawsuit that could effectively undo President-elect Joe Biden’s proposed victory at the electoral college .
The state deposit of Paxton came the day after he asked the Supreme Court for permission to sue Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, all of which Biden won, over their voting procedures.
The states support Paxton Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia.
While Trump defeated Biden in the referendum in those states, Biden was given one of Nebraska’s electoral votes.
Representatives of the four battlefield states targeted in the lawsuit did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, whose state overwhelmingly voted for Biden over Trump, said in a scornful tweet that Maryland would not join Paxton’s case after someone suggested it on Twitter.
“The suit is a cul-de-sac of rebutted allegations, wild speculation, unbearable arguments and silly gibberish,” Frosh tweeted.
“Joe Biden is the President-Elect.”
Trump said Wednesday that he would join Paxton’s legal effort in the Supreme Court, which the Republican Attorney General dismissed as a political stunt. The Supreme Court has not yet ruled on Paxton’s motion.
Paxton, a Republican who continues to be charged with securities fraud, is seeking permission from the Supreme Court to sue the four states for blocking their certification of Biden’s victories in them.
Paxton argues that a blockade is warranted because of allegedly inappropriate changes in voting procedures over the past year, alleged differences in the treatment of voters in democratic areas, and voting on “irregularities”.
The effort comes from the fact that all states confirmed their individual results of the presidential election, which shows that Biden easily won the national referendum.
Biden is expected to win the electoral college if it convenes on Monday by 36 votes, more than the minimum of 270 votes required to win the White House.
Michigan attorney general Dana Nessel said Tuesday Paxton’s filing was “a publicity stunt, not a serious appeal.”
“The erosion of trust in our democratic system is not due to the good people in Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia or Pennsylvania, but to partisan officials like Mr. Paxton who impose loyalty to a person loyalty to their country,” Nessel said in one Explanation.
“The Michigan issues raised in this complaint have been thoroughly tried and flatly denied in state and state courts by judges appointed by both political parties. Mr. Paxton’s actions are beneath the dignity of the attorney general and the great people State of Texas. “
Trump has refused to allow Biden to vote, claiming without evidence that he was the victim of widespread electoral fraud.
Trump and his campaign, as well as their political allies, have repeatedly failed in legal efforts to invalidate Biden’s votes.
The Supreme Court declined Tuesday to hear a separate offer from Trump allied Republicans questioning Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania.
Suffrage experts saw this seemingly unanimous rejection as a signal that remaining efforts to undo Biden’s victory were all but doomed at the Supreme Court.
But the GOP plaintiffs in this case plan to file a formal appeal with the Supreme Court, The Hill reported Wednesday.
President and attorney Rudy Giuliani recently pushed for legislation in battlefield states whose popular elections were won by Biden to outvote their citizens and nominate a list of voters for Trump to the electoral college.
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