Less than 24 hours ago, we reported on Rush Limbaugh’s dire warning to his followers that given the extreme political divides in the country, there could be a day in the future when we witness states make real attempts to secede from the Union.
According to The Hill, we’re getting somewhat of a little dose of that sentiment right now as two pseudo-states, known as “New Nevada” and “New California” officially filed amicus briefs in support of Texas’ attempt to overturn the election results in four swing states in the nation’s High Court.
In joining the multi-state efforts to prove that the results of the 2020 election in Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania should be voided, New Nevada and New California wrote that they were “directly impacted by the arbitrary and capricious changes in election laws and procedures occur with unfortunate regularity in the current States of California and Nevada.”
For a little background on the two “new” states, they’re both comprised of rural, red-leaning counties in their respective states, where people feel like they’re never fairly represented given how blue the rest of the states are in the population centers. New California declared its “independence” in 2018 and fights to become the 51st state.
At the crux of their argument, the two “new” states argued that both absentee votes and in-person votes were not handled in a uniform manner across both states. They also claimed that voters who registered early were treated differently than those who registered to cast their vote on election day.
Robert E. Thomas III, chairman of the New Nevada State movement, added to the brief that “disparate treatment is a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
Adding to the strength and PR power of the Texas SCOTUS case is the fact that at least 18 other states, and counting, have signed on in some level of support of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Adding to that was the addition of at least 106 Republican lawmakers who joined up with Texas in the fight, all issuing similar arguments as the states.
Making the case even more noteworthy is President Donald Trump, who officially signed on to the case and even asked Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to argue the merits of the case should the Supreme Court decide to hear it.
Whether or not the High Court will even entertain taking the case is anyone’s guess. As of this writing, there hasn’t even been a hint of which way they might go, as the case is only filed on the SCOTUS docket still at this point. A range of outcomes are possible, with some predicting it will be a full-on Supreme Court battle and others predicting that they’ll reject the case just as fast as they did the recent Pennsylvania case.