Letter to the editor: A call for Derek Schmidt to resign
With a succinct dismissal, noting that the state of Texas has no standing to challenge the voting procedures of other states, the United States Supreme Court thankfully quashed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s absurd challenge to the democratic process, another of the last-ditch efforts by Trump partisans to overturn the obvious, checked and validated, election of Joe Biden as President.
That challenge had, as Kansas readers will know, been joined by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, whose claim to have standing on the matter was equally nonsensical.
The Supreme Court’s action comes as no surprise. It had been transparently obvious that there was no basis for Texas’s (or Kansas’s) unprecedented claims to interfere in other states’ constitutionally-protected right to determine their own electoral procedures. The internal incoherence of the claim — challenging only the presidential election, and not the congressional races determined by precisely the same ballots — was also obvious. No facts have been presented to support claims of widespread fraud.
Biden has been legitimately elected president. This court decision, and some five dozen others, confirms the fact.
In light of the court’s ruling, Derek Schmidt should now resign. He has demonstrated an arrogant indifference to the rule of law and the basic principles of democracy. Such a person has no place administering the laws of the state of Kansas.
He will not resign, of course. That would be the honorable thing to do.
Thomas Prasch, Topeka