Donald Trump's 'Big One' Supreme Court Gambit is Shut Down, Likely Ending Legal Push to Reverse Defeat

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit filed by Texas aimed at overturning election results in four states that voted for President-elect Joe Biden in a major blow to President Donald Trump's legal efforts to stay in office.

In a brief, unsigned order issued on Friday evening, the court said it would not hear the case filed by embattled Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and none of the nine justices showed any endorsement for the plaintiffs' arguments.

"Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections," the ruling said.

Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas said in a statement that they would have allowed the case to be heard but "would not grant other relief," according to Politico.

Trump and the Republican supporters of the lawsuit had billed it as "the big one" that had the potential to throw the 2020 election to the president.

The Supreme Court's refusal to hear the case may be the end of the road for Trump's legal challenges as the Electoral College is due to meet on December 13.

"It is unfortunate that the Supreme Court decided not to take this case and determine the constitutionality of these four states' failure to follow federal and state election law. I will continue to tirelessly defend the integrity and security of our elections and hold accountable those who shirk established election law for their own convenience," Paxton said in a statement.

Trump responded to the ruling on Twitter early on Saturday morning.

"So, you're the President of the United States, and you just went through an election where you got more votes than any sitting President in history, by far - and purportedly lost," Trump wrote.

So, you’re the President of the United States, and you just went through an election where you got more votes than any sitting President in history, by far - and purportedly lost. You can’t get “standing” before the Supreme Court, so you “intervene” with wonderful states.....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2020

"You can't get 'standing' before the Supreme Court, so you 'intervene' with wonderful states that, after careful study and consideration, think you got 'screwed', something which will hurt them also. Many others likewise join the suit but, within a flash, it is thrown out and gone, without even looking at the many reasons it was brought. A Rigged Election, fight on!"

Michael Gwin, a spokesperson for the Biden campaign, welcomed the court's decision in a statement on Friday, pointing the numerous legal defeats the president and other Republican litigants have suffered.

"This is no surprise — dozens of judges, election officials from both parties, and Trump's own Attorney General have dismissed his baseless attempts to deny that he lost the election," Gwin said.

The Texas lawsuit asked the Supreme Court to instruct state legislatures in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to throw out "tainted" election results and select their own slate of presidential electors. As Republicans control all four legislatures, it would then have been possible for those states to vote for Trump.

Legal experts harshly criticized the lawsuit and predicted that the Supreme Court would refuse to hear it. There has also been bipartisan criticism of Paxton, the Texas attorney general, and accusations that he's angling for a pardon from Trump as he faces an FBI investigation.

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President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit on December 8, in Washington, D.C. The president signed an executive order stating the US would provide vaccines to Americans before aiding other nations. Trump's legal options to challenge the election results have faded in recent weeks. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images