Former President Trump on Tuesday slammed the US Supreme Court for refusing to hear his false claims about the 2020 election, saying that the high court lacked the “courage” it needed to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory.
Trump’s attack on the high court came during an interview with Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo, where repeated his claims that the election had been stolen from him because states moved to allow expanded access to mail balloting due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite losing dozens of court challenges, and his own Justice Department disputing the idea that there was widespread fraud in the election, the former president unloaded on the courts for refusing to throw out Democratic votes in battleground states that he lost to Biden.
“The Democrats used COVID to do things they can’t believe they got away with, that they didn’t get their legislatures to approve, and our courts and the Supreme Court didn’t have the courage to overturn elections that should have been overturned because you’re talking about decisive amounts, hundreds of thousands and even millions of votes,” Trump said.
Trump singled out the Supreme Court, which refused to hear several of Trump’s challenges because his campaign didn’t have standing.
The former president also fumed at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), blaming him for the party’s Senate runoff losses in Georgia, which cost the GOP the majority in the upper chamber.
“That was a disaster,” Trump said. “Mitch McConnell made a tremendous mistake. He lost those two seats.”
However, many Republicans have blamed Trump’s fixation on the idea that the election was stolen from him for the GOP’s Senate losses in the state. Trump’s claims divided the party and may have convinced some conservatives to stay home out of the belief that their votes wouldn’t be counted anyway.
"Our Supreme Court and our courts didn't have the courage to overturn elections" — Trump pic.twitter.com/yYdxRP4Uqf
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 16, 2021