Texas GOP chair denies he floated secession over election results
The chairman of the Texas Republican Party denied he suggested the state secede from the United States after the Supreme Court tossed out a lawsuit from officials there seeking to overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election in other states.
“This decision establishes a precedent that says states can violate the US constitution and not be held accountable,” Chairman Allen West said in a statement following the Friday-night ruling. “Perhaps law-abiding states should bond together and form a Union of states that will abide by the constitution.”
West’s comments sparked controversy, with some saying his comments could be taken for advocacy of Texas’s secession from the rest of the country. Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican, called for West to be fired.
In a statement on Monday, West denied supporting secession.
“I found some of the responses to these words rather perplexing, actually ignorant,” West said. “Oh boy, you would have thought me to be the anti-Christ. But consider those words. They borrow from the same ideas contained in our Preamble to our Constitution of forming a more perfect Union. I am still trying to find where I said anything about ‘secession.'”
West argued that states who he says have violated the Constitution by certifying what he and other Republicans have alleged to be fraudulent votes for President-elect Joe Biden are the “real perpetrators of secession.”
The former Florida congressman said he stands by his original statement that the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Texas case is bad for democracy.
“The Texas lawsuit that was rejected by the highest court in the land, charged with interpreting our law, articulated a clear choice,” he said. “Either we are a nation of laws that establishes how we are to be governed, or we are a nation where ideologues pick and choose what is applicable to them, to the detriment of those who follow the law.”
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