President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would seek to join a long-term legal effort by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton at the Supreme Court to effectively undo Democrat Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election.
Trump said he or his campaign will not only intervene in the Texas case, but will also ask to join lawsuits in a number of other states to reverse Biden's victory.
Legal experts say that, as with other cases filed by the Trump campaign and its allies since last month, Paxton's voting efforts in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have little or no chance of success.
The Supreme Court has not said whether it will accept Paxton's case, which Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel described as a "publicity stunt".
Hours after that filing, the Supreme Court declined to accept a case from a Pennsylvania Republican Congressman who questioned Biden's victory there, a denial that could anticipate the fate of Paxton's case.
"We will intervene in the case of Texas (and many other states). This is the big case," wrote Trump in a Twitter post on Wednesday.
"Our country needs a victory!"
The Republican president, who has repeatedly claimed without evidence that widespread fraud pulled him out of a victory over Biden, has also downplayed the Supreme Court's refusal to hear Rep. Mike Kelly's case in Pennsylvania.
"This was not my case, as has been so falsely reported. The case everyone has been waiting for is the case of the state with Texas and numerous others joining," Trump wrote in a tweet. "It's very strong, ALL CRITERIA MET."
"How can you have a presidency when a large majority think the election is RIGGED?"
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany called Paxton's action in her own tweet: "The most significant and comprehensive case yet outlining the 2020 election irregularities."
Paxton, a Republican who remains on fraud charges for securities fraud, on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court for permission to file a lawsuit aimed at blocking certification of Biden's victories in the four battlefield states.
Paxton argues that a blockade is warranted because of allegedly inappropriate changes in voting procedures over the past year, allegedly different treatment of voters in democratic areas, and voting on "irregularities".
The legal action implicitly suggests that lawmakers in each of these states could effectively override voting wins for Biden and then nominate voters for Trump to the electoral college that actually picks the national election winner.
This is the same endgame strategy Trump is pursuing, both through legal cases and through his pressure on elected officials in battlefield states.
Biden is expected to win 306 votes on the electoral college when it meets next week, 36 more than it takes to claim a victory in the White House.
If he were denied the votes of the four states named in Paxton's motion, Biden would have less than the 270 electoral college votes the candidate would need to win the presidency.
Wisconsin attorney general Josh Kaul said Tuesday, "I am sorry to Texans that their tax dollars are being wasted on a truly embarrassing lawsuit."
"Texas is likely to change the outcome of the Ice Bowl as well as overturn the will of Wisconsin voters in the 2020 presidential election," said Kaul, referring to the legendary NFL championship game on December 31, 1967 at Wisconsin's Green Bay Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys in Texas when the temperatures at Lambeau Field hit 13 degrees below zero.
On the flip side, Rudy Giuliani, the top Trump campaign attorney, described Paxton's efforts on Tuesday as "a great filing to the Supreme Court."
Giuliani insisted Wednesday morning that his and Trump's battle to reverse the election will not end even if the Supreme Court denies Paxton's motion.
"No, the end of the line is when the state legislators make the final decision on whether they will take control of it because a real battle is going on," Giuliani said during a call to Bernie & Sid. Show on WABC-AM.
Giuliani was hospitalized with the coronavirus this week.
In Wednesday's conference call, Giuliani implied that the Trump campaign and its proxies have repeatedly lost legal challenges that would undermine Biden's victory as a result of the media "spin" that influenced judges who heard the cases.
"Judges are just people, they read – they probably read more of these newspapers than most people, so they are very affected by the twist on things," said Giuliani.
"And the trick is, & # 39; Well, Trump really lost and he's a wonderful loser. & # 39;"
Last month, a Pennsylvania federal judge Matthew Brann blew up Giuliani's legal arguments in a case aimed at invalidating millions of Keystone State votes.
"This court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative allegations, absent from the operational complaint and unsupported by evidence," Brann, a former Republican official, wrote in a damning statement in which he rejected Trump's case .