Elected officials from both parties took to social media to praise the Supreme Court’s Friday decision rejecting a lawsuit from Texas seeking to challenge the election results in four pivotal states, though some allies of President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE vowed to continue their fight against votes in favor of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE.
The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that Texas did not have the legal authority to litigate over how other states conduct their elections.
The lawsuit, which received backing from 18 GOP state attorneys general and 126 House Republicans, sought to overturn Biden’s wins in Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania based on unsubstantiated claims that the results were invalid due to widespread voter fraud.
House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Sunday shows preview: Pelosi announces date for infrastructure vote; administration defends immigration policies GOP should grab the chance to upend Pelosi's plan on reconciliation MORE (D-Calif.) released a statement Friday evening following the decision, writing that the high court “has rightly dismissed out of hand the extreme, unlawful and undemocratic GOP lawsuit to overturn the will of millions of American voters.”
“The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House,” the top House Democrat continued. “Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions,” she added.
Pelosi also shared the statement on Twitter, writing that Republicans who supported the lawsuit “must once and for all end their election subversion – immediately.”
The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this unlawful & undemocratic GOP lawsuit have brought dishonor to the House and must once and for all end their election subversion – immediately. https://t.co/xbYt5y2op1— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 12, 2020
Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats press Schumer on removing Confederate statues from Capitol Democrats' do-or-die moment Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan MORE (D-N.Y.) also tweeted following the Supreme Court decision, writing, “Exactly how many times does Donald Trump want Joe Biden and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTwo 'View' hosts test positive for coronavirus ahead of Harris interview Rep. Karen Bass to run for mayor of Los Angeles: report Biden taps big bank skeptic to for top regulatory post MORE to win this election?”
In another tweet, Schumer added that Biden and Harris “will be sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States on January 20.”
Exactly how many times does Donald Trump want Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to win this election? https://t.co/zpfxFpwBzN— Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats press Schumer on removing Confederate statues from Capitol Democrats' do-or-die moment Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan MORE (@SenSchumer) December 12, 2020
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States on January 20.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 12, 2020
Others issued direct rebukes at GOP leaders who backed the lawsuit, with Democratic Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellGreene heckles Democrats and they fire back on Capitol steps Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails MORE (Calif.) specifically calling out House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Fifth House Republican comes out in support of bipartisan infrastructure bill Watch live: McCarthy holds briefing with reporters MORE (R-Calif.) for being among the lawmakers to sign on to an amicus brief in support of the election challenge Friday.
“It’s official: @GOPLeader McCarthy cemented his role in history next to Confederate leader Jefferson Davis,” Swalwell tweeted. “He fought the will of the American people and lost. #SCOTUS ruled against McCarthy’s effort to steal your vote.”
It’s official: @GOPLeader McCarthy cemented his role in history next to Confederate leader Jefferson Davis. He fought the will of the American people and lost. #SCOTUS ruled against McCarthy’s effort to steal your vote. https://t.co/MYSdjf8N3J— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) December 12, 2020
Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffJan. 6 panel subpoenas four ex-Trump aides Bannon, Meadows Schiff: Criminal contempt charges possible for noncooperation in Jan. 6 probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted, "Republicans who supported it compromised their beliefs, ideology, and oaths. They stand for nothing. Care about nothing. Except themselves."
The Texas case was not a close call. At all.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) December 12, 2020
Just an effort to overturn a democratic election dressed up in shabby legal clothing.
Republicans who supported it compromised their beliefs, ideology, and oaths.
They stand for nothing. Care about nothing.
Fellow Republicans also joined in condemning the legal challenge. In a statement released Friday, GOP Sen. Ben SasseBen SassePresident of newly recognized union for adult performers boosts membership Romney blasts Biden over those left in Afghanistan: 'Bring them home' Progressives breathe sigh of relief after Afghan withdrawal MORE (Neb.) praised the Supreme Court.
"Since Election Night, a lot of people have been confusing voters by spinning Kenyan Birther-type, ‘Chavez rigged the election from the grave’ conspiracy theories, but every American who cares about the rule of law should take comfort that the Supreme Court — including all three of President Trump’s picks — closed the book on the nonsense," Sasse said in a statement.
This comes as other prominent GOP members have condemned the actions of their fellow Republicans in backing the legal challenge.
Sen. John CornynJohn CornynAbbott bows to Trump pressure on Texas election audit Senate panel advances antitrust bill that eyes Google, Facebook Democrats up ante in risky debt ceiling fight MORE (R-Texas), a former Texas Supreme Court justice, said this week that it is inappropriate for states to interfere in the laws of other states.
“I do not understand the legal theory. I don’t want other states having a chance to change Texas law based on a similar effort. If you can do it for the election, you can do it if somebody wanted to challenge, for example, Texas law on the Second Amendment,” he said.
Senate Majority Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSchumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Congress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B GOP warns McConnell won't blink on debt cliff MORE (R-S.D.) said Thursday that he agreed with Cornyn’s concerns.
“I just don’t know why a state like Texas, which never wants anybody telling them what to do, now wants to tell a bunch of other states how to run their elections. I doubt the Supreme Court will take it up,” he said.
The divide among Republicans in their responses to Trump’s legal challenges was amplified following the Supreme Court decision, with Trump lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiThree Democrats call for investigation into Sidney Powell to move 'swiftly' Fox News bans Rudy Giuliani from appearing: report Alabama official dismisses Lindell claim that 100K votes were flipped from Trump to Biden: 'It's not possible' MORE indicating in an interview on Newsmax on Friday that the president’s legal team will continue filing lawsuits to subvert the election results.
“The case wasn’t rejected on the merits, the case was rejected on standing. So the answer to that is to bring the case now to the district court by the president, by some of the electors, alleging some of the same facts where there would be standing,” he said.
Republican Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksWatchdog group seeks ethics probe over McCarthy's Jan. 6 comments Jan. 6 panel seeks records of those involved in 'Stop the Steal' rally Jan. 6 panel to ask for preservation of phone records of GOP lawmakers who participated in Trump rally: report MORE (Ala.), who previously said he would vote to challenge the certification of the election results, tweeted Saturday morning that “Congress is the ultimate arbiter of who wins presidential contests, not the Supreme Court.”
.@laurenboebert is right! Congress is the ultimate arbiter of who wins presidential contests, not the Supreme Court.— Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) December 12, 2020
America’s Founders didn’t want unelected, dictatorial judges making these decision. Judiciary isn’t equipped or empowered to decide contested federal elections. https://t.co/cDtrKGFwXU
Texas GOP Chairman Allen West went so far as to suggest that “law-abiding states” should “form a Union” following the Supreme Court decision, writing in a statement, “This decision establishes a precedent that says states can violate the US constitution and not be held accountable.”
“This decision will have far reaching ramifications for the future of our constitutional republic,” West added.