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20 more Republicans, including McCarthy, join Texas bid to overturn the US election

US House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California, speaks during a press conference on small business relief during the Covid-19 pandemic, on the steps of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on December 10, 2020. (AFP photo)

Six fellow Republican-led states have asked the US Supreme Court to let them join the Texas bid to overturn President Donald trump’s election loss by nullifying 10.4 million votes in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin.

The Texas lawsuit, which is now being backed by Republican attorneys general in 17 states and 126 congressional Republicans, including Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), has been described as the most coordinated effort to overturn an election in recent American history.

Texas has asked the Supreme Court to review the election results in four states carried by Democratic Joe Biden: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Biden was declared the projected winner by the media of the November 3 presidential election.

On Friday, the list of House Republicans formally challenging the results of the disputed presidential election jumped as 20 more lawmakers, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), endorsed the Texas lawsuit alleging widespread voter fraud.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed the lawsuit at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, asking the justices to throw out the voting results in the four states over their expanded use of mail-in voting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Presently, evidence of material illegality in the 2020 general elections held in Defendant States grows daily," the charged the Texas suit.

“Texas’s request to disenfranchise tens of millions of voters who reasonably relied upon the law at the time of the election does great damage to the public interest,” Pennsylvania argued in a response filed Thursday afternoon. “Nothing in the text, history, or structure of the Constitution supports Texas’s view that it can dictate the manner in which four sister States run their elections, and Texas suffered no harm because it dislikes the results in those elections.”

This is while 21 states had filed objections, describing Texas’ request as unconstitutional, unfair and outrageous.

“What Texas is doing in this proceeding is to ask this court to reconsider a mass of baseless claims about problems with the election that have already been considered, and rejected, by this court and other courts,” Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s Democratic attorney general, wrote in a filing to the high court.

“Let us be clear,” the brief continued. “Texas invites this court to overthrow the votes of the American people and choose the next president of the United States. That Faustian invitation must be firmly rejected.”

Biden defeated President Trump in the four battleground states in the 2020 election. The Republican president had won all four of them in 2016.

Local, state and national election officials have declared the November election “the most secure” in American history but the Trump campaign claims widespread fraud has occurred across the country.

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