Just when you think that the situation in Washington, D.C. can’t possibly get any stranger, another right-wing character emerges from the woodwork. Does the name John Eastman mean anything to you? He is one of Donald Trump’s TV lawyers, and another purported constitutional scholar, like Jenna Ellis. He is also known as the chair of the National Organization For Marriage (NOM), which is a far right-wing anti-LGBTQ faith-based organization that sunk millions of dollars of dark money into its quest to ban same-sex marriage.
Eastman is the latest to join the GOP coup attempt. Oh, I almost forgot — he thinks Kamala Harris is not an American.
When you are the president and the only lawyer willing to sign his name to your SCOTUS motion is a disgraced white supremacist … you have lost already. pic.twitter.com/BwG6vnzw9M
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) December 9, 2020
Outside of court, Trump and his allies have repeatedly spread an array of unproven conspiracies about voter and electoral fraud. But the president’s request to intervene in Paxton’s case, like many other lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign, does not allege actual fraud.
Rather, it suggests that the battleground states increased “the opportunity for fraud” through improper election handling.
“The constitutional issue is not whether voters committed fraud but whether state officials violated the law by systematically loosening the measures for ballot integrity so that fraud becomes undetectable,” Eastman wrote in the motion.
The Supreme Court has not said whether it will take Paxton’s case, which Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel called a “publicity stunt.”
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
“I feel sorry for Texans that their tax dollars are being wasted on such a genuinely embarrassing lawsuit,” Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said Tuesday.
“Texas is as likely to change the outcome of the Ice Bowl as it is to overturn the will of Wisconsin voters in the 2020 presidential election,” said Kaul, referring to the legendary Dec. 31, 1967, NFL Championship Game, when Wisconsin’s Green Bay Packers defeated Texas’ Dallas Cowboys as temperatures at Lambeau Field hit 13 degrees below zero.
On the other hand, top Trump campaign lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday called Paxton’s effort “a great filing in the Supreme Court.”
Giuliani insisted Wednesday that the fight to overturn the election will not end even if the Supreme Court rejects Paxton’s motion.
“No, the end of the line is when the state legislatures make the final decision on whether they’re going to assume control of this, because there’s a real battle going on,” Giuliani said during a call to the “Bernie & Sid” show on WABC-AM.
The brutality that is being waged against our institutions and against democracy by the GOP is unconscionable and unforgivable. To an extent, this is farcical, but it is toxic and damaging and that cannot be overlooked.
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