AUSTIN TX – Texas Republicans, in a voice vote held at their bi-annual state-wide convention this past weekend, passed a resolution that formally rejected the election of President Joe Biden in 2020 as having been “illegitimate” and the result of alleged widespread voter fraud, echoing repeated claims of former President Donald Trump that have yet to be officially proven in a court of law.
“We believe that the 2020 election violated Article 1 and 2 of the U.S. Constitution, that various secretaries of state illegally circumvented their state legislatures in conducting their elections in multiple ways, including by allowing ballots to be received after November 3, 2020,” stated the resolution passed on Saturday, the Texas Tribune reported.
The vote basically amounts a symbolic gesture and does not lead to any legal challenge to the results of the 2020 election, as there is no legal option to overturn the election results once they have been officially certified.
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Nonetheless, the Texas GOP party said in their resolution they refused to acknowledge Biden as having officially won in 2020, claiming that the will of the public was not carried out on Election Day.
“We reject the certified results of the 2020 presidential election, and we hold that acting President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States,” the party said.
The official results of the 2020 presidential election saw Biden defeating the incumbent Trump by 7 million votes; Biden also received 306 Electoral College votes, more than the 270 needed to win. But Trump has consistently insisted that he was “robbed” of being reelected and that the election was “rigged” in Biden’s favor.
In terms of Electoral College votes, Texas is the second most important state in the country with 38, second only to California. Republican presidents have been securely backed in the Lone Star State for the past 40 years; Trump won Texas in 2020 with 52.1 percent of the vote, as opposed to 46.5 percent for Biden.
Currently, approximately two-thirds of Republicans believe that the 2020 election was “stolen” from Trump, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. However, since the election, state and federal judges have dismissed over 50 lawsuits – citing lack of evidence – filed by Trump and his supporters that challenged the results.