Despite outgoing President Donald Trump's loss in the 2020 election to President-elect Joe Biden, Republicans across the country are backing Trump's unprecedented effort to overturn the results of a presidential election.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit on behalf of his state in the Supreme Court against four swing states: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, and Wisconsin—all of which Biden won.
Unlike Trump's lie-ridden Twitter feed, the lawsuit doesn't assert that widespread voter fraud actually tipped the race to Biden, but that pandemic-induced changes to each state's elections process violated federal law and made any potential fraud undetectable.
The case has been summarily mocked by experts who believe that even the conservative Supreme Court won't grant the case standing, citing its faulty math and the ridiculous argument that states should be able to dictate the election laws of other states in the union, potentially overturning their election results.
Nevertheless, multiple red states have filed amicus briefings in support of the suit and even filed to intervene and join the plaintiffs.
Now—in an even more ridiculous turn—states that don't actually exist are filing amicus briefings in hopes of bolstering the shoddy case.
Robert E. Thomas III filed an amicus brief on behalf of the nonexistent states "New California" and "New Nevada," claiming that voters who registered on the day of the election were treated differently than voters who registered early, and that "disparate treatment is a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment."
The brief generated even more ridicule and rebuke for the attempted overthrow of the election.
Some are accusing the fake states of sedition, along with the 126 very real Republican lawmakers who filed briefings supporting the suit.
Despite their protests, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be inaugurated on January 20th.