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Gohmert talks of violence in streets after his lawsuit is dismissed

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) reacted to the dismissal of his lawsuit against Vice President Pence on Saturday, telling Newsmax that a court's refusal to force Pence to overturn the presidential election results essentially served as a call to Americans to incite violence in the streets.

"The bottom line is the court is saying, 'We're not going to touch this. You have no remedy,'" Gohmert told Newsmax.

"Essentially, the ruling would be 'You have to go to the streets and be as violent as antifa, BLM,'" he added.

Gohmert was referring to protests that at times became violent over the summer as anti-fascist protesters and Black Lives Matter demonstrators took to the streets following the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd during encounters with law enforcement personnel.  

Gohmert blasted the court and others for not hearing evidence that he and other allies of President Trump have claimed will prove that widespread voter fraud occurred during the 2020 election. Dozens of court cases across several key battleground states brought by the Trump campaign have been tossed, citing no proof of widespread election fraud.

Top federal officials such as ex-Attorney General William Barr and former cybersecurity chief Christopher Krebs have also vouched for the election's security.

Gohmert's lawsuit, joined by other House Republicans, served as a long-shot attempt at carrying out the president's wishes to overturn the November election results, which his legal advisers have sought to do for weeks while alleging fraud in key battleground states such as Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan. 

A federal appeals court on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit by Gohmert and other Republicans that sought to expand Pence's legal authority to effectively overturn President-elect Joe Biden's electoral win.

The congressman's remarks come ahead of a Jan. 6 rally planned for the streets of Washington, D.C., a last-ditch effort by supporters of Trump to show opposition to Congress's certification of the Electoral College vote, set to take place the same day.

Fears of a scene similar to the 2017 carnage in Charlottesville, Va., have led some D.C. businesses, including one hotel frequented by the far-right "Proud Boys" organization, to close for the day of the rally.

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