Texas Republican congressman Louie Gohmert suggested on Friday that “violence in the streets” may be the only remaining option to block Joe Biden from becoming president, after a federal judge rejected his lawsuit aiming to force Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the election.
Judge Jeremy Kernodle, a Trump appointee from Gohmert’s hometown of Tyler, threw out the lawsuit late Friday, ruling that he and other plaintiffs — including the GOP chairwoman in Arizona and that state’s defeated slate of Republican electors — lack standing.
Gohmert said he had sought redress in court “so that you didn’t have to have riots and violence in the street.”
“Bottom line is, the court is saying, ‘We’re not going to touch this, you have no remedy,’” Gohmert said during an interview on Newxmax. “Basically, in effect, the ruling would be that you’ve got to go to the streets and be as violent as antifa and BLM.”
Congress meets on Wednesday to certify the Electoral College results. Biden defeated President Donald Trump by a decisive 306-232 margin and also topped him by 7 million votes nationwide.
By law, the vice president presides over that joint meeting, but in an entirely ceremonial capacity.
Gohmert wanted the court to let Pence reverse Biden’s victories in a handful of states, nullifying tens of millions of ballots and replacing the will of the electorate with their own desire to give Trump a second term.
The judge ruled that Gohmert’s lawsuit hinged on a series of hypothetical allegations “far too uncertain to support standing.”
Pence himself sided against Gohmert in court, asking the court to throw out the lawsuit.
Watch Gohmert’s interview below.
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