The Missouri attorney general, Eric Schmitt announced that his state is “in the fight” with Texas. Texas has filed a lawsuit against four states with the Supreme Court which would invalidate 62 Electoral College votes and effectively award President Trump a second term in office. Schmitt is the latest to join attorneys general from Louisana, Alabama, and other states who have recently thrown support behind the Texas suit.
The lawsuit filed against four battleground states- Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin alleges that officials allowed the COVID-19 pandemic to wrongfully justify ignoring state and federal election laws to enact eleventh-hour changes to the election process. [TTN was the first outlet to suggest this approach to challenging the election. READ MORE: The Most Compelling Cases for Overturning the Election]
Missouri AG Schmitt said, “Election integrity is central to our republic. And I will defend it at every turn. As I have in other cases- I will help lead the effort in support of Texas’ #SCOTUS filing today. Missouri is in the fight.”
Election integrity is central to our republic. And I will defend it at every turn.
As I have in other cases – I will help lead the effort in support of Texas’ #SCOTUS filing today.
Missouri is in the fight. https://t.co/V3aLHrYnOF
— Eric Schmitt (@Eric_Schmitt) December 9, 2020
Paxton explained that the lawsuit was filed because election management in Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania directly affected voters in his state.
Fox News reports:
“If other states don’t follow the Constitution and if their state legislature isn’t responsible for overseeing their elections … it affects my state,” he said. “Our job is to make sure the Constitution is followed and that every vote counts. And in this case, I’m not sure every vote was counted. Not in the right way.”
Paxton’s case stands on the grounds of Article II of the Constitution, which mandates state legislatures have the sole authority to manage and change election processes — a clause he aims to prove was ignored during the 2020 election.
The states named in the lawsuit called Paxton’s suit a political stunt and downplayed its chances to be successful. Paul Smith, a professor and election law expert at Georgetown University’s law school, told Reuters that there is “no possible way the state of Texas has standing to complain about how other states counted the votes and how they are about to cast their electoral votes.”
Attorneys general from Louisiana, Arkansas and other states have reportedly announced their support of the lawsuit.
President Trump has also thrown his support behind the lawsuit, calling it “the big one.”
We will be INTERVENING in the Texas (plus many other states) case. This is the big one. Our Country needs a victory!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2020