The Texas Republican Party officially rejected the results of the 2020 presidential election over the weekend, passing a resolution in its platform that falsely blames election fraud in five battleground states for President Joe Biden’s victory over former President Donald Trump. The resolution refers to Mr. Biden as “acting” president.
The resolution states, “We reject the official results of the 2020 Presidential election, and we hold that acting President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not duly elected by the people of the United States.” It asserts that the elections in five states breached Articles 1 and 2 because “different secretaries of state illegally circumvented their state legislatures in conducting their elections in multiple ways, including by permitting ballots to be received after November 3, 2020.”
Numerous reviews and recounting of votes did not alter the outcome of any state’s election. Multiple times, officials, including Trump’s attorney general William Barr, have denied allegations of widespread election fraud. After Mr. Biden was pronounced the winner, the former president, and his allies engaged in hundreds of futile legal battles to give Mr. Trump a second term in the White House, including repeated unsuccessful appeals to the Supreme Court.
Despite this, Mr. Trump continues to make bogus charges of electoral fraud. A House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol and associated efforts to overturn the 2020 election is currently examining his conduct.
Texas Republicans also passed several other far-right resolutions in the platform, demonstrating the most conservative activists’ strength in the state party. The platform calls for the complete abolition of abortion, prohibiting “the teaching of sex education, sexual health, or sexual choice or identity in any public school in any grade whatsoever,” and refers to homosexuality as “an abnormal lifestyle choice.”
The platform also calls for Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, to be overturned.
“Texas preserves the right to secede from the United States,” the platform states. The platform states that one resolution called for a referendum in the 2023 general election to determine whether or not the State of Texas should reestablish its identity as an independent nation. A second individual advocated for the United States to withdraw from the United Nations.
Convention attendees also codified their opposition to the bipartisan gun bill that’s being negotiated and rebuked the state’s own Republican Senator John Cornyn for his work on the bill. When Cornyn addressed the convention, he was met with loud boos.
The senior senator defended the framework of the gun control legislation, declaring, “I will not under any circumstance 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 that we are working on is consistent with that red line.”
He also pointed out the measures he has fought against in the legislation: “Democrats push for an assault weapons ban. I said no. They tried to get a new three-week mandatory waiting period for all gun purchases. I said no. Universal background checks. Magazine bans; licensing requirements. The list goes on and 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 inthat left 19 students and two teachers dead. That shooting came just 10 days after a racially motivated , where 10 Black people were killed in a grocery store.
In their resolution, the Texas Republicans inveighed against potential age restrictions, stating without citing any evidence that “those under 21 are most likely to be victims of violent crime and thus most likely to need to defend themselves.” The resolution also said “red-flag” laws violate citizens’ due process, and “all gun control is a violation of the Second Amendment and our God-given rights.”
Though supportive of the Second Amendment, the platform calls for other amendments to be eliminated. One portion of the platform calls for the repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment, which allows citizens to vote for senators rather than have them be 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 chamber of Congress, or two-thirds of states, to be proposed, as well as three-fourths of state legislatures for ratification.
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