New US House Speaker tried to overturn the 2020 elections, raising concerns for the upcoming election.


Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson, elected as the House of Representatives speaker on Wednesday, took the lead in filing a brief in a lawsuit. The lawsuit was claimed regarding a sought to overturn the win of Joe Biden’s presidential elections in 2020.

The claim, planned by the legal scholars of all the ideologies, was quickly thrown out of the United States Supreme Court. After the 2020 elections, the Louisiana Congressman echoed some of the conspiracy theories former President Donald Trump told to explain his loss.

At that time, Mike Johnson voted against the certifying win of Joe Biden even after the attack on the Capitol on January 6. The role Johnson had three years back is relevant, not only because he is second in the line of presidential succession after the vice president. The House, led by Speaker Mike Johnson, will also have to certify the winner of the 2024 presidential election.

Rick Hasen, a professor at California University, also said that you would never want people who claim that the last election was stolen to be in a position to decide who would come victorious in the next one. He further said Mike Johnson is more dangerous as he attempted to subvert the election outcomes in technical language.

Last Year, Congress revamped the steps for how a presidential win is certified it more challenging to object as Johnson and 146 other Republicans did on January 6, 2021. However, there is a thought that no legislation can control how Congress oversees the president’s win certification.

The House in January 2024 will be filled with all the winners of the previous election. Thus, there is no surety that Mike Johnson will remain in power. It will also become more difficult for the speaker to change any outcomes. Vice President Kamala Harris presides over the Senate session and the joint House and calls votes if there are ample objections to do so.

The goal of Trump’s supporters in 2020 was to advance any legal argument against Joe Biden’s victory in the US Supreme Court, where the justices have a 6-3 edge, 3 of which were elected by Donald Trump. A speaker who had supported Donald Trump to stay in power last time would also do so again if he is the GOP nominee next year and loses the election again.

Johnson was an attorney for the religious rights group Alliance Defending Freedom, first elected to the House in 2016. It was the year when Trump won the presidency. As an active member of the House Judiciary Committee, he gained attention as one of the leading Republican questioners of witness during the first impeachment of Trump in 2019.

Mike Johnson was also one of the prime defenders of Donald Trump throughout the elections in 2020. Johnson said in an interview that in every election in the United States, there are some signs of fraud and irregularity. Johnson had also organized 100 House Republicans to file a lawsuit, asking the US Supreme Court to invalidate Biden’s win in the four states that gave him his winning margin- Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. 

On January 6, before the supporters of Trump overran the Capitol, Johnson tweeted saying that we must fight for election integrity and preserve our republic. It will also be an honor for Johnson to lead that fight in Congress.

Trump’s supporters attempting to overturn the election have not performed well in the polls since the assault on the Capitol. Instead, they have mastered winning the internal party contests and controlling some parties. His supporters have also claimed some powerful political positions in the nation.

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