After the Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear a lawsuit from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to overturn the election, many far-right pro-Trump media figures, social media personalities, Republican Party officials, and former congressional candidates expressed support for secession from the United States or the use of the military to overturn the election which President Donald Trump lost.
The lawsuit sought, in a “seditious abuse of judicial process,” to invalidate the election results from several swing states that contributed to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. This extreme attempt to overthrow our democracy garnered mainstream Republican support, with 17 GOP state attorneys general and more than half of House Republicans signing on in support of it.
The Supreme Court’s rejection of the lawsuit did not end Trump supporters’ calls to overturn the election results. While treason talk -- fueled by Rush Limbaugh -- had already begun in the right-wing circles before the Supreme Court announced its decision, it really took off afterward.
Texas GOP Chairman Allen West, a former member of Congress and a former Fox News contributor, helped lead the way with a call for secession, writing in a press release: “Perhaps law-abiding states should bond together and form a Union of states that will abide by the constitution.”
On Fox & Friends Weekend, host Pete Hegseth gave West a friendly platform to explain and justify his extreme statement.
Other pro-Trump figures either endorsed this call, made their own comments in favor of secession, or called for military action to overturn the election.
- Steve Bannon minion Raheem Kassam:
- Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward:
- An NTD host floated that Trump could resources such as “the military, the police system, the special forces, and certain reliable facets of government” to overturn the election. The video was uploaded to YouTube late December 12 and already had 200,000 views after just 12 hours:
- Conspiracy theorists Alex Jones, Tim Pool, and Michael Malice:
- Family Research Council President Tony Perkins:
- Conservative radio host Todd Starnes:
- BlazeTV host Elijah Schaffer:
- Oath Keepers founder Stuart Rhodes:
- Right-wing troll Kaitlin Bennett:
- Newsmax TV hosts Diamond & Silk:
- Graham Ledger:
- “Stop the Steal” organizer Ali Alexander:
- The Daily Wire's Candace Owens:
- NationalFile's Patrick Howley:
- Former Republican Senate candidate Lauren Witzke:
- Former Republican congressional candidate Duane Hennen:
- Former Republican congressional candidate Omar Navarro:
- Former Republican congressional candidate Nicholas Gladden:
- QAnon accounts with major followings:
- Pro-Trump pundit Bill Mitchell on Parler:
- Far-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos declared on Parler that “secession or war” are the “only two options now” and that “secession is preferable.”