Outgoing President Donald Trump's refusal to accept defeat by President-elect Joe Biden in the 2020 election is coming to a culmination.
After weeks-long streams of lie-ridden tweets about widespread voter fraud and 55 failed lawsuits attempting to legitimize these false claims, Trump found an ally in Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is currently under FBI investigation for securities fraud and whom some speculate Trump will pardon.
Paxton filed a suit with the Supreme Court on behalf of Texas against four swing states: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia, all of which went to Biden in the 2020 election.
The suit has been almost unanimously mocked by experts, who don't believe that even the conservative Supreme Court will agree to hear it. The case uses faulty math and argues for broad influence of individual states over the elections of other states.
In an unprecedented development, Trump's Republican congressional allies are supporting the effort to undo the results of a free and fair election based on baseless or outright false claims.
One of these Republicans is Congressman Michael Waltz (R-FL), who was one of 106 congressional Republicans to sign an amicus briefing in support of the Texas suit.
The Orlando Sentinel endorsed Waltz's run in his 2020 run to represent Florida's 6th Congressional District, but now it's issuing an apology in an op-ed from its editorial board.
We apologize for endorsing U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, who wants to overturn the election | Editorial https://t.co/Jqju60Vnsu pic.twitter.com/PSQbxcOsgA
— Orlando Sentinel (@orlandosentinel) December 11, 2020
The piece reads in part:
"We apologize to our readers for endorsing Michael Waltz in the 2020 general election for Congress. We had no idea, had no way of knowing at the time, that Waltz was not committed to democracy."
The idea of any lawmaker publicly supporting the effort to undo millions of votes just didn't seem like a plausible at the time:
"During our endorsement interview with the incumbent congressman, we didn't think to ask, 'Would you support an effort to throw out the votes of tens of millions of Americans in four states in order to overturn a presidential election and hand it to the person who lost, Donald Trump?'
The GOP's effort to install a President even if it's against the will of the majority of Americans has unsettled people across the country and laid bare the true objectives of some of the country's most notable lawmakers.
The paper concluded its apology with:
"We don't pretend that our endorsement in Waltz's District 6 race had much influence. The four-county district is heavily Republican, and Curtis never really had a chance.
But endorsements also serve as a way to take stock of a candidate's values and beliefs. We now know what we didn't then — that Waltz, a U.S. Army Green Beret who served his country — is willing to undermine the nation to ensure his political party remains in control of the White House.
Every American should be appalled at the attempted usurpation taking place, and at the elected officials taking part in this terrifying fiasco and violating their oath to protect the country from enemies, foreign and domestic."
People applauded the Sentinel for revoking its endorsement.
Just WOW! @orlandosentinel - showing it is okay to make mistake and own it! #BidenWonTrumpLost https://t.co/YtcRiMHK1P
— USAAdvocate (@Alyon_Advocate) December 11, 2020
Yes! We need more of this--and calling out these traitors to America, who are openly trying to end democracy. https://t.co/Ap2F6sdsx0
— Dave Cullen (@DaveCullen) December 11, 2020
THANK YOU @orlandosentinel FOR HAVING THE COURAGE TO CALL OUT THE TRAITORS TO THE UNITED STATES FOR WHAT THEY ARE...
WHERE ARE YOUR FELLOW JOURNALISTS ? https://t.co/O0iRoxv2ML
— Devin McRae (@mcrae_devin) December 11, 2020
Love the courage of the @orlandosentinel https://t.co/7FcueI6y04
— Jane Powers (@JanePowers1) December 11, 2020
They called on other media outlets to follow its lead.
Every newsroom that endorsed a GOP candidate that wants to invalidate their own election should be printing their direct response to if they stand by their decision to endorse & empower these men into disrupting the legitimacy of our democracy. https://t.co/5iHHJXm5Jb
— Ryan Deitsch (@Ryan_Deitsch) December 11, 2020
#DemCastFL #DemCast @indivisibleFLA
Good for the @orlandosentinel 's Ed Board!
Now let's hear the same from every news outlet in each of the 106 Congressional Republican traitors' home towns. https://t.co/fWhuEOLR80
— still_resisting #TeamPelosi HandMarkedPaperBallots (@persistentpengn) December 11, 2020
We need WAY MORE OF THIS!! #TrumpDerangementSyndrome #trumpconcedes https://t.co/PxTVdj1iIl
— Fair&Balanced🌊❣️😉❣️ (@BreatheB4USpeak) December 11, 2020
This should happen across the country, establishing a permanent wall of shame. They belong in the stocks on the town square. https://t.co/NLQOQMaRwk
— John Huey (@johnwhuey) December 11, 2020
The Supreme Court will soon announce whether it will hear the case.