“If I win the presidency, my judicial appointment will do the right thing, unlike Bush’s appointee John Roberts on Obamacare.”
(Donald Trump- 2015)
The only aim of Donald Trump in the selection of Supreme Court justices is to further his personal agenda. The above quote from Donald Trump is from 2015 when he was not even president. This attitude of Trump helped him to nominate people to the Supreme Court just to pursue his interests over the interests of the United States. Little did he know back then that these judges would not bow down against his pressure.
In his attempt to make the 2020 presidential elections controversial, Donald Trump announced premature victory on election night and filed dozens of lawsuits all over the United States.
Even moving to the Supreme Court spilled waters on Trump’s hopes. The Supreme Court of the United States refused to overturn the results of Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin based on the lawsuit filed by Texas.
The Supreme Court has clear conservative domination with six out of nine conservative judges on the bench. Three of these judges, namely Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh, are appointed by Trump himself, and all of them threw the Texas and Pennsylvania election lawsuits away.
Now, when all of Trump’s appointed judges made a decision against him, he is going out of the senses. The same Donald Trump, who used to praise his nominations, is trying to degrade them everywhere possible. He remembers his judges with the following words now.
The Supreme Court really let us down. No Wisdom, No Courage!
(Donald Trump after losing the Texas lawsuit in the Supreme Court)
This U-turn of Trump regarding his views about the conservative judges speaks volumes about Trump’s perception about people who are not supporting him in winning the elections. Probably, Trump is right that the judges have “No Courage” for fraud.
Republicans who mostly praised Trump as a God are also started to rejecting the fake propaganda of Trump. Most of them believe that supporting a man with an inevitable defeat in the lawsuits can cost them their political careers.
Even after the passing of the safe harbor, Donald Trump is reluctant to concede the elections. The electoral college is all set to meet on December 14; still, Trump is pursuing his fake propaganda against the electoral system of the United States.
In his battle to overturn the election results, many Republicans have stuck with the President, supporting him with his every move and baseless arguments, yet some have opposed him. The Republican judges and governors have spoken against Trump, suggesting that they don’t want to support an individual over a country. They have denied the falsified claims of Trump and endorsed Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
How did the Republican judges and governors refuse to buy the propaganda of Trump? Let’s have a look.
Republican Revolt in the Supreme Court: Trump Getting no Favor from Conservative Judges:
“We’re waiting for the United States Supreme Court — of which the president has nominated three justices — to step in and do something. And hopefully, Amy Coney Barrett will come through.”
(Trump’s legal advisor Harmeet Dhillon)
Donald Trump thought that Justice Amy Coney Barrett and the other two justices appointed by him could help him in the post-election lawsuits. However, these very judges upheld the integrity of the Constitution along with other justices. The heavily dominated conservative Supreme Court refused to entertain the baseless lawsuits of Trump.
Recently, Attorney General of Texas Ken Paxton sued four states, including Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Paxton wanted the Supreme Court to extend the December 14 deadline for the electoral college in these four states as, according to him, these states need further investigations of elections.
Paxton claimed that these states made changes in their laws, which initiated voter fraud. However, the Republican-dominated Supreme Court had plans to maintain constitutional integrity. All three judges nominated by Trump rejected both the Pennsylvania and Texas lawsuit.
The unique nature of the Texas lawsuit, where one state is asking to stop the results of the other states, also raised concerns on Paxton’s ambitions. He is believed to do this to make the president happy and get a presidential pardon, as his security fraud and FBI investigations came into the limelight recently.
Trump vs. Democracy: Republican State Judges Preferred the Later:
(Trump campaign presented) strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations … unsupported by evidence…In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state.”
(Matthew W. Brann, a Republican Judge from Pennsylvania)
Since the presidential election, the Trump campaign has filed more than three dozen lawsuits against the election results.
However, to uphold the integrity of the democratic practices of the United States, the judges took some commendable actions. They did not entertain the baseless lawsuits of Donald Trump despite any party affiliation.
Judges have been gutting claims of voter fraud and have been throwing out all possible avenues that could undermine the integrity of the Electoral College. These Judges include those appointed by President Donald Trump or any other Republican President.
The cases of President Trump rejected by Republican judges are not limited to the post-election lawsuits. Instead, there have been many instances when the Trump Administration was blocked by Republican judges in the process of legislation.
How did the Republican judges refuse to bow down in front of Trump before the elections? Let’s look.
- A California federal judge struck down the efforts of the Trump administration recently to tighten eligibility and not raising the minimum salary of foreign workers.
- The Federal judges have recently ruled that two appointments of the Trump Administration, including the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Administrator of the Bureau of Land Management, were illegal. So, their work in those rules must be voided.
- Similarly, two federal judges have blocked Trump from extending a ban on the social media app, Tik Tok. Trump tried to ban the app in one of his moves against China. However, Republicans against Trump made sure that Trump did not take any unilateral action.
- The President also failed to stop the defamation lawsuit filed against him by a columnist who has accused him of sexual assault.
- Justice Neil Gorsuch, appointed by President Trump in 2017, ruled against the Trump administration last June regarding LGBTQ employment discrimination.
- Justice Brett Kavanaugh, another of Trump’s appointees, ruled against the attempt to block the release of the president’s taxes and financial records.
These actions of Republicans against Trump were based on policymaking. However, Trump is mostly shocked by the judges who blocked his attempt to win the elections by unfair means. Trump was sure that his appointed judges would help him win the presidency again. This is one of the main reasons why Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett after the passing of Ruth Ginsburg, just before the election.
As Trump tried to challenge the centuries-old electoral system of the United States, the decisions of the Republicans against Trump made him bite the dust. Therefore, the Trump campaign failed in their falsified attempts.
Let’s have a look at how the Republican-appointed judges stopped the path of Donald Trump to the White House.
- Before Election Day, US District Judge Andrew Hanen, appointed by President George W. Bush, ruled that nearly 127,000 early votes cast at the Houston drive-through polling stations would be included in the vote count. The decision was similar to other Republican-appointed judges’ decisions in the Texas Supreme Court. This was a major setback for Republicans, as they were expecting that the courts would help them in throwing out these mostly Democratic votes.
- On November 23, Federal Court Judge Matthew Brann, a well-known Republican appointed by Obama, threw out the Trump campaign’s lawsuit to invalidate millions of Pennsylvania votes. Remember that Pennsylvania is the state that cemented the presidency of Joe Biden. The Trump campaign claimed that Democrats rigged Pennsylvania; however, Trump’s lawyers failed to prove any bit of these claims.
- In Federal Appellate Court, Trump appointee Stephanos Bibas rejected the President’s effort to overturn the election results, saying that “charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.”
- A conservative judge of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Justice Brian Hagedorn, joined liberal judges in rejecting a lawsuit by the Trump legal team to let the Republican lawmakers decide how to cast the electoral vote.
Trump was also shocked due to the decisions of Republicans against Trump. In his phone interview with Fox News, the president put the whole blame for his unsuccessful legal challenges on the courts. He said that his legal team was not given enough chances to prove their cases.
Republican Judges Upholding the Constitutional Integrity
The rejection of Trump’s claims of voter frauds based on conspiracy theories by the Republican federal judges and the district judges proved that judges of the United States follow the Constitution and do not bow to any political pressure to make biased decisions.
During the Trump presidency, there have been instances when it appeared that federal courts were working on a designed strategy to help the administration, but the last few weeks proved this assumption wrong.
It is also pertinent to note here that these Republicans’ decisions against Trump do not make the judges Democrats. All of these Republican judges should be applauded that they did not bring ideological affiliation into their line of duty.
Republican Election Official Defending the Trusted Electoral Process of the USA Against Trump’s Baseless Attacks
“Hoaxes and nonsense. Don’t buy into such things. Find trusted sources.”
(Gabriel Sterling, a Republican Election Official from Georgia)
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) claimed that the 2020 presidential elections were the most secure in history. Trump’s rhetoric of election fraud was also rejected by the Republican elected officials.
A committee of election officials and senior officers of the Department of Homeland security and the US Election Assistance Commission said in a joint statement that there is no evidence of any kind of mismanagement in voting by mail and the whole election process.
It is pertinent to note here that this statement came as President Donald Trump tweeted that his 2.7 million votes were deleted from the voting software. This claim, like many others, lacked evidence and was flagged by Twitter as misinformation.
Astonishingly, many officials of the committees mentioned above were appointed by President Trump and are Republicans.
CISA Director Christopher Krebs was appointed by President Trump himself. However, he was removed from the office once he busted the conspiracy theories propagated by Trump’s campaign. Now Mr. Krebs has filed a lawsuit against President Trump’s lawyer, Joseph diGenova, and the Trump campaign for defamation and infliction of emotional stress.
Even the United States Attorney General, Bill Barr, a strong supporter of Trump, came out and said that there is no evidence of voter fraud that could have brought a different result. His comments, therefore, cemented the statements released by the Department of Homeland security, US Intelligence, and independent poll watchers.
As the situation stands now, many Republicans still back Donald Trump’s falsified claims as they are afraid of post-presidential-term Trump. However, those who reject his rhetoric are increasing with every passing day.
The Voter Fraud Commission, established by President Trump, sent requests to all 50 states to provide information on voter fraud and other mismanagements regarding vote count. The vast majority, 44 of the 50 states, refused to provide any kind of information to the commission.
These include pure red states as well. A prominent example is the refusal of Republican secretaries of the states, including President Trump’s ally Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. The request was rejected as the information requested by the commission was confidential and should not be made public.
These attempts of Republicans against Trump also evince that Trump just wants a second term in office without any acceptable reason.
Republican Governors Pushing Trump Out of the White House:
“That is not what democracy is about.”
(Georgia Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan)
After having setbacks from the judges and the election officials, the Republican party and President Donald Trump also faced severe criticism from Republican governors.
Georgia Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan said that Trump is damaging the party’s position in the upcoming Senate run-off elections. He also expressed his concerns about the pervasiveness of Trump’s version of the truth, which he is propagating just to overturn the election results.
Lt. Governor Duncan is among several other Republican officials who have denied the Trump rhetoric of voter fraud. The list also includes Georgia governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of the State Brad Raffensperger.
Similarly, Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey also strongly defended the election process in his state after Republican leaders criticized him for his failure of conducting a free and fair election. He was also criticized as he certified President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the state.
Charlie Baker of Massachusetts also rejected the claims of voter fraud, as he was among the first few Republicans who congratulated President-elect and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
The governor of Vermont, Phil Scott, also went against Trump’s rhetoric and called on Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to unite the country. By saying that the “voters have spoken,” he rejected all election fraud claims made by Trump and his team.
The governor-elect of Utah, Spenser Cox, also expressed his congratulations to Joe Biden and requested to work together for the people of Utah. A similar tradition was followed by the governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, who said that the country is going through a difficult time, and we must all empower the next president to take us out of the crisis.
Mike DeWine of Ohio, in his interview with CNN, made it clear that the Republicans need to accept Joe Biden as the winner.
Other Republican governors who have openly accepted Joe Biden as president-elect, rejecting claims of President Trump and his legal team, include the governor of New Hampshire, Chris Sununu, and Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas.
Judges and the elected officials must not work to propagate the specific agenda. This is what the recent events have concluded. By going against the party’s lines, Republican judges and governors have proved that any threat to the American democracy will be tackled with an immediate response.
The Trump campaign tried its best by filing as many lawsuits as they could. However, the judges made sure that Trump did not harness any unfair advantage just because of his people in the decision-making positions. Despite the passing of the safe harbor, Donald Trump has yet to concede the elections.
One thing that is inevitable is that the Trump campaign is not going to win any more votes. Donald Trump also knows that his journey is over in the White House, and this is the reason why he is eyeing the 2024 presidential term.
While Trump is destroying America in his last days, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are all set to become the officials as soon as the electoral college meets on December 14. The next move of Donald Trump will be seen in motivating the faithless electors soon.
The comments of Republicans about Donald Trump also speak volumes that not many will stand by his side in the aftermath of his removal from the White House, where he will be facing a lot of legal challenges that he evaded due to the presidential powers.
Although at least 126 Republican Congressmen support Trump’s effort of overturning the elections, this number is decreasing day by day, and soon he will be standing alone competing with other Republicans for the 2024 party’s nomination.
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