Pro-Trump congressman hints at 'riots and violence in the streets' after Louie Gohmert's election fraud lawsuit tossedJanuary 2, 2021
REPUBLICAN congressman Louie Gohmert hinted there could be "riots" after his lawsuit to force Mike Pence to overturn the election result was thrown out by a federal judge.
Gohmert was attempting to get the Vice President to help hand the election to Donald Trump despite his loss to Joe Biden ahead of Congress meeting to count the electoral college votes.
Judge Jeremy Kernodle of the Eastern District of Texas, a Trump appointee – said the Republican lacked standing to sue as he tossed out the case.
Gohmert and a number of other GOP allies have been attempting to pressure Pence into overriding the election result in a last gasp bid to stop Biden taking office on January 20.
"This is an an example of when the institutions that our constitution created to resolve disputes so that you didn’t have to have riots and violence in the streets, it’s when they go wrong," Gohmert told Newsmax TV .
Texas rep Gohmert, a former judge, added he "still believes" in the courts but suggested it may not have been tried as his former peers want to avoid "controversial" cases.
Trump and his legal team have repeatedly insisted the election was stolen was from him – but have have lost more than 59 court cases as they fail to present evidence.
"All this stuff about it [election fraud] being debunked, unsubstantiated, those are absolute lies," Gohmert said.
"Basically in effect the ruling would be that you got to go to the streets and be as violent as Antifa and BLM."
Gohmert has previously suggested "revolution" as an option to overturn the election which saw Trump lose to Biden 306 electoral votes to 232.
The Democrat won a record setting 81million vote, the most number of ballots ever accrued for a candidate – but since election night Trump has refused to concede.
Trump and his allies claim a wide-ranging conspiracy across multiple states and involving hundreds of thousands of ballots, but have so far failed to present evidence.
Pressure is mounting on VP Pence to intervene on behalf of Trump and declare him the winner when Congress meet on January 6 to ceremonially count the votes.
It is expected most Republicans will vote in favour of certifying the results, but a small number of Trump loyalists are expected to object to the results.
While it will not be enough to impact Biden's path to the White House, it shows the deep divisions now being exposed in the Republican Party.
Trump has attacked any members of the GOP who have failed to back him in his campaign to overturn the election, including Mitch McConnell.
Divisions within the party are feared to impact the upcoming Georgia runoff race on January 5 – with Trump branding the upcoming vote "illegal and invalid".
RealClearPolitics moving average of the polls as Democrat challengers Jon Ossoff and Reverand Raphael Warnock as ahead by between 0.8 and 1.8 per cent – a victory for them would secure the Senate for the Democrats.
Trump has urged his supporters to descend on Washington DC on January 6 to rally against the certification of the presidential result – with fears mounting over potential clashes.
Olivia Troye, former homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, told MSNBC that she was "very concerned" about potential violence on Wednesday.
She also accused Trump of stoking the tensions, with the President tweeting about a "BIG Protest Rally" and retweeting posts with messages such as "the cavalry is coming".
Troye said: "This is what he does. He tweets, he incites it, he gets his followers and supporters to behave in this manner and these people think they’re being patriotic because they’re supporting Donald Trump."
She added: "We had a bombing on Christmas Day, we have had protests in the streets, this is all out of control.
"The divisiveness is through the ceiling because of this man who continues to stoke the flames of these extremely far-right people who show up and think that he’s calling out to them. If that’s the legacy he wants, he certainly has it."
Trump supporters have previously held "Million MAGA March" events in Washington, so of which have descended into clashes with rival protest groups.
Judge Gohmert and the other GOP plaintiffs didn't have standing to sue over their suggestion that only Pence could decide what electoral votes count.
The lawsuit was based on unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud and allegations that President-elect Joe Biden won illegally when coronavirus changed voting rules.
Kernodle's ruling was the latest in a slew of pro-Trump cases that have been rejected in federal courts, noted CNN.
The judge wrote that Gohmert "alleges at most an institutional injury to the House of Representatives" but determined that "under well-settled Supreme Court authority, that is insufficient to support standing."
In reference to the AZ republicans, Kernodle said the "allege an injury that is not fairly traceable to the Defendant, the Vice President of the United States, and is unlikely to be redressed by the requested relief."
A House member and senator are needed to object when Congress counts the votes and GOP Sen Josh Hawley of Missouri confirmed that he will be objecting earlier this week.
In an amicus brief on Thursday, House General Counsel Doug Letter asked for the Gohmert case to be dismissed.
Letter slammed it as a "radical departure from our constitutional procedures and consistent legislative practices."
He wrote: "At bottom, this litigation seeks to enlist the federal courts in a belated and meritless assault on longstanding constitutional processes for confirming the results of a national election for President."
In a lengthy December 28 statement before the ruling, Gohmert declared that "the 2020 presidential election was one we'd expect to see in a banana republic, not the United States of America."
"The rampant fraud and unconstitutional actions that took place were so egregious that seven contested states – Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin all sent dueling slates of electors to Congress," he raged.
"This puts Vice President Mike Pence in a position where some argue he has to choose between morality and the law. That is not the case.
Gohmert claimed the "mainstream media, now the Alt-Left media, continue to say that every court has said there is no evidence of fraud."
"That is disingenuous, deceitful, and flat out dishonest," he wrote. "The truth is that no court so far has had the morality and courage to allow evidence of fraud to be introduced in front of it."
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