Members of both parties hail Supreme Court decision

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 TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE vowed to continue their fight against votes in favor of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models 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 PelosiOklahoma man who videotaped himself with his feet on desk in Pelosi's office during Capitol riot released on bond House formally sends impeachment to Senate, putting Trump on trial for Capitol riot With another caravan heading North, a closer look at our asylum law 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.” 


Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell: Power-sharing deal can proceed after Manchin, Sinema back filibuster Justice watchdog to probe whether officials sought to interfere with election Capitol insurrection fallout: A PATRIOT Act 2.0? 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 HarrisInaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models Overnight Defense: Biden lifts Trump's transgender military ban | Democrats, advocates celebrate end of ban | 5,000 guardsmen staying in DC through mid-March The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP senator retires 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.”

Others issued direct rebukes at GOP leaders who backed the lawsuit, with Democratic Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellHouse formally sends impeachment to Senate, putting Trump on trial for Capitol riot Swalwell compares Trump to bin Laden: They 'inspired and radicalized' Pelosi names 9 impeachment managers MORE (Calif.) specifically calling out House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyCheney spokesperson on Gaetz: 'In Wyoming, the men don't wear make-up' Biden attends first church service as president in DC, stops at local bagel shop House GOP leader says he has 'concerns' over Cheney's impeachment vote 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.”


Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGlenn Greenwald warns against media censorship amid concerns over domestic terrorism Biden to keep Wray as FBI director Biden urged to reverse Pompeo-Trump move on Houthis MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted, "Republicans who supported it compromised their beliefs, ideology, and oaths. They stand for nothing. Care about nothing. Except themselves."

Fellow Republicans also joined in condemning the legal challenge. In a statement released Friday, GOP Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseJuan Williams: Let America be America Kremlin: US statements about pro-Navalny protests show 'direct support for the violation of the law' Senators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial 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 CornynMcConnell: Power-sharing deal can proceed after Manchin, Sinema back filibuster Manchin vows that he won't vote to kill filibuster 'under any condition' Leahy, not Roberts, to preside over impeachment trial 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 ThuneTrump, allies raise pressure on Senate GOP ahead of impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds Senate chaos threatens to slow Biden's agenda 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 GiulianiThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP senator retires Dominion Voting Systems files .3B defamation suit against Giuliani The next hustle: What we should expect from Trump 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 BrooksFreedom Caucus chairman blasts 'sensational lies' after Capitol riot Democratic super PAC targets Hawley, Cruz in new ad blitz Trust between lawmakers reaches all-time low after Capitol riots 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.”

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.