The Texas Republican Party formally rejected the results of the 2020 presidential election over the weekend, passing a resolution in its platform that wrongly blames voter fraud in five battleground states for the victory from President Joe Biden on former President Donald Trump. The resolution designates Mr. Biden as “interim” president.
“We reject the certified results of the 2020 presidential election, and we believe that Interim President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States,” the resolution reads. He claims that elections in five states violated Articles 1 and 2 of the Constitution because “various Secretaries of State unlawfully circumvented their State Legislatures by arranging their elections in a variety of ways, including authorizing the receipt of ballots. vote after November 3, 2020”.
Reviews of vote tallies and various recounts did not change the outcome of a state’s election. Officials including Trump’s Attorney General William Barr have repeatedlythat there was widespread electoral fraud. The former president and his allies fought dozens of unsuccessful legal battles to try to offer Mr. Trump a second term in the White House after Mr. Biden was declared the winner, several of which were rejected. to the Supreme Court. Despite this, Mr. Trump persists with his false claims of voter fraud. His actions are currently under review by a House Select Committee charged with and related efforts to cancel the 2020 elections.
Texas Republicans also passed a number of other far-right resolutions in the platform, showing the strength of the state’s most conservative activists. The platform calls for the complete abolition of abortion, prohibiting “the teaching of sex education, sexual health or sexual choice or gender identity in any public school, at any level “, and calls homosexuality an “abnormal lifestyle choice”. The platform also seeks the annulment of Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.
The platform notes that “Texas retains the right to secede from the United States.” A resolution called for a referendum “in the 2023 general election for the people of Texas to determine whether or not the State of Texas should reaffirm its status as an independent nation,” the platform said. Another called on the United States to withdraw from the UN.
Convention attendees also codified their opposition to the bipartisan gun bill that is being negotiated and chastised Republican state Sen. John Cornyn for his work on the bill. When Cornyn addressed the convention, he was greeted with loud boos. The senior senator defended the framework for gun control legislation, saying, “I will in no way support new restrictions for law-abiding gun owners. That will always be my red line. And despite what some of you may have heard, the framework we are working on is consistent with that red line.”
He also highlighted the measures he fought against in legislation: “Democrats are pushing for an assault weapons ban. I said no. They tried to get a new mandatory three-week waiting period for all gun purchases. I said no. checks. Magazine bans; licensing requirements. The list goes on and on. And I said no, no, 1000 times no!
The gun debate in Congress comes after a wave of mass shootings across the country, including one inwhich left 19 students and two teachers dead. This shooting came just 10 days after a racially motivated crime where 10 black people were killed in a grocery store.
In their resolution, Texas Republicans spoke out against possible age restrictions, stating without citing any evidence that “those under 21 are the most likely to be victims of violent crime and therefore the most likely to need to defend themselves.” The resolution also said that “red flag” laws violate citizen due process and that “all gun control is a violation of the Second Amendment and our God-given rights.”
Although in favor of the second amendment, the platform calls for other amendments to be eliminated. Part of the platform calls for the repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment, which allows citizens to vote for senators rather than having them appointed by state legislatures. Another calls for the federal income tax, established in the Sixteenth Amendment, to be eliminated. Constitutional amendments require two-thirds of each house of Congress, or two-thirds of the states, to be proposed, as well as three-fourths of the state legislatures to be ratified.
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