Sasse: Supreme Court 'closed the book' on election 'nonsense'

Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseGOP senators applaud Biden for global vaccine donation plans Pence: Trump and I may never 'see eye to eye' on events of Jan. 6 White House: Biden will not appoint presidential Jan. 6 commission MORE (R-Neb.) said on Friday that the Supreme Court "closed the book on the nonsense" by rejecting a push led by Texas to overturn President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Biden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump MORE's election win. 

"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 TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE’s picks — closed the book on the nonsense," Sasse said in a statement. 

Sasse is one of the first congressional Republicans to react to the Supreme Court's decision. He's one of only a handful of Senate Republicans who have acknowledged Biden as the president-elect. 


The Supreme Court on Friday night rejected a long-shot legal challenge led by Texas but backed by 17 other GOP state attorneys general and 126 House Republicans. 

The challenge sought to nullify Biden's wins in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia by rehashing claims of fraud that have been dismissed by other courts and disputed by election experts. 

The Supreme Court's order was unsigned, but Justices Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasBiden's bad run: Is he doing worse in the courts than Trump? Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Five takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision MORE and Samuel AlitoSamuel AlitoFive takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision The Hill's 12:30 Report: Supreme Court unveils two major opinions Supreme Court throws out child slavery lawsuit against Nestle, Cargill MORE wrote a dissenting statement expressing their view that the court is obligated to hear interstate disputes." They added that while they would have granted "the motion to file the bill of complaint," they "would not grant other relief." 

The Texas lawsuit had drawn pushback from other GOP senators, though they haven't yet weighed in after the Supreme Court's decision. 

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynProgressive groups launch .5M ad buy to pressure Sinema on filibuster Black lawmakers warn against complacency after Juneteenth victory The Senate is where dreams go to die MORE (R-Texas) told reporters, “I do not understand the legal theory."

Meanwhile, Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSchumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster Murkowski to vote 'no' on voting rights bill White House advisers huddle with Senate moderates on infrastructure MORE (R-Alaska) described herself as "really disappointed" in the House lawmakers supporting the effort and Sen. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderAuthorities link ex-Tennessee governor to killing of Jimmy Hoffa associate The Republicans' deep dive into nativism Senate GOP faces retirement brain drain MORE (R-Tenn.), who is retiring, told NBC News that "I'm having a hard time figuring out the basis for" the lawsuit.