Seventeen American states, all run by Republicans, have decided to join Texas in its seditious and frivolous quest to have the U.S. Supreme Court throw out the votes of 81,282,896 citizens and declare Donald Trump the winner of the 2020 election. Those states: Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia.

All of these states gave their popular vote to Trump, though Joe Biden is receiving one electoral vote in Nebraska’s split system. Each of these states is trying to get the justices to throw out all the votes in all of the states that Biden won, though the effort just names Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. In reality, they would have the Supreme Court nullify the the entire election. And they argue in exceedingly bad faith in their amicus brief.

For example, they argue that Pennsylvania allowing ballots received after Election Day to be counted “created a post-election window of time during which nefarious actors could wait and see whether the Presidential election would be close and whether perpetrating fraud … would be worthwhile.” Two of the states, Kansas and Mississippi, counted ballots received three and five days, respectively, after the election. In another example of their astonishing bad faith, they write that the states’ executive officials shouldn’t have a role in determining voting rules. But, “Texas—the plaintiff in this case, the state they’re supporting—did that very thing. The governor used executive power to extend the early voting period, among other things.”

This is the inevitable result of every Republican elected official—looking at you, Sen. Mitch McConnell and the vast majority of your conference—refusing to acknowledge publicly that Joe Biden won this election. That Donald Trump lost. But particularly McConnell, who still—35 days after the election—will not say that Joe Biden is the president-elect of the United States.

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