Yet even among those who celebrated the outcome of the case, many feared the long-term impact of Mr. Trump’s rhetoric on public confidence in democracy and the electoral process.
“Satisfied with the SCOTUS decision, but also immediately a little terrified by the next destination of this crazy train”, Brendan Buck, adviser to the last two Republican speakers, Paul Ryan and John Boehner, written on twitter. He later added: “We should know by now that there is an endless supply of madmen.”
Shortly after, Allen West, a former congressman and president of the Texas Republican Party, criticized the Supreme Court and said in a statement alluding to secession that “maybe the law-abiding states should bind and form a union of states that will respect the Constitution. “
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois, called on the Texas GOP to withdraw its statement and fire Mr. West. “My guy Abraham Lincoln and the Union soldiers already told you no,” Kinzinger wrote. on Twitter.
Over the past few weeks, Mr Trump has drawn in his anger at Fox News, the often sympathetic cable network, for accepting the election results, and directed his supporters to Newsmax, which has seen an increase in viewership pro- Trump since polling day. Newsmax presenter Greg Kelly opened his 7 p.m. show on Friday reassuring audiences, “It’s not over.
When a guest, lawyer Alan Dershowitz, described Friday’s court order as a watershed moment for the president – saying there was now a “near zero” chance the Supreme Court could overturn the results election – Mr. Kelly objected.
“I saw strange things happen in a courtroom,” said Mr Kelly, before referring to one of Mr Dershowitz’s most famous legal cases: “I saw OJ Simpson walk ! “