A day after President Trump’s scathing Supreme Court defeat, Republicans across the country seemed to be struggling to find the right words.
The belligerent statements from some quarters that characterized the post-election period – claims of reversed and missing votes, a “rigged” election and even threats of secession from Republicans in Texas after Friday’s decision – had given way to something that sounded like a muted resignation and acceptance. of the inevitable.
Many were completely silent, even in the face of a Tweeter of Mr. Trump himself in which he swore: “WE BEGIN TO FIGHT !!”
Of 17 Republican attorneys general who had approved the case, filed by Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, none agreed to be interviewed by the New York Times. Mr Paxton, who issued a statement calling the decision “unfortunate,” did not respond to a request for comment.
The other attorneys general who issued statements mostly seemed to acknowledge that all legal avenues had been exhausted in an attempt to overturn the election results.
On Capitol Hill, the response was particularly muted among the 126 House Republicans who signed an extraordinary amicus brief supporting the suit. Aids to Representatives Kevin McCarthy of California and Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the party’s top House leaders, made no comment. And questions and requests for comment sent to the offices of more than two dozen Congressional Republicans on Saturday were either denied or ignored.
Louisiana Representative Mike Johnson, who compiled the Court Chamber’s friend’s brief, simply posted a quote on Twitter from John Quincy Adams, hinting that he had done what he could: “The duty is ours, the results are God’s. “
Only one lawmaker who signed, Rep. Bruce Westerman of Arkansas, appeared newly ready to accept that the president’s road be exhausted.
In A declaration, he called the Texas trial the “best and likely last opportunity” to get the Supreme Court to rule on the election, and said the court ruling “closed the books on challenges to the 2020 election results “.