Texas GOP Declares Biden Illegitimate, Demands End to Abortion

Texas Republicans acted on several resolutions and platform changes at their state convention over the weekend, including declaring President Joe Biden “not legitimately elected” and demanding an end to the election. ‘abortion.

The Texas GOP convention in Houston bolstered the number of people who remain obsessed with former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election, even after the House panel investigating on the January 6 attack on the US Capitol presented evidence that these claims were false and showed testimony from Trump’s closest advisers saying they did not believe them in televised hearings.

Earlier this week, the party’s 2022 Platform and Resolutions Standing Committee introduced a resolution saying the 2020 election violated the Constitution.

“We reject the certified results of the 2020 presidential election, and we believe that Interim President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States,” the resolution reads.

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual Major Economies Energy and Climate Forum (MEF) in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building June 17, 2022 in Washington, D.C. DC.
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Delegates to the convention also voted on a measure calling for “equal protection for the unborn child”.

“We urge lawmakers to enact legislation to abolish abortion by immediately guaranteeing the right to life and equal proaction of the laws to all unborn children from the moment of fertilization, because abortion violates the U.S. Constitution by denying such persons the equal protection of the law,” it says.

Abortion is currently banned after about six weeks of pregnancy in Texas after the state legislature passed a restrictive law last year that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

But a trigger law making abortion illegal would go into effect in Texas if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. A ruling is expected later this month that could overturn the landmark 1973 ruling that guaranteed the right to abortion nationwide.

The new Texas GOP platform would also call on Texas students “to learn more about the humanity of the unborn,” including teaching that life begins at fertilization and attending live ultrasounds.

He also described homosexuality as an “abnormal lifestyle choice” and that the party “opposes all efforts to validate transgender identity.”

Votes from convention delegates were tallied to add several items to the official Texas GOP as the convention wrapped up Saturday, the Texas Tribune reported.

They handed out two sets of ballots – one asking delegates to choose eight of 15 legislative priorities and another voting on more than 270 platform boards.

The votes will be counted and certified in Austin, but it’s rare for a board to be thrown out, party spokesman James Wesolek told the Tribune.

Wesolek has been contacted for additional comments.

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