Republicans in Texas have formally rejected US President Joe Biden’s election in 2020 as illegitimate while also calling homosexuality an “abnormal lifestyle choice.”
The Party’s embrace of electoral fraud allegations in a key Republican state came as a bipartisan congressional committee is currently holding a hearing to publicly debunk the idea that Biden did not win the election.
Biden received 7 million more votes than rival Donald Trump. Biden also received 306 votes from the Electoral College, more than the 270 needed to win.
The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol is building a case that Trump’s efforts to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election — including by denying he lost — amounted to conspiracy to illegally hold onto power.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing.
“We reject the certified results of the 2020 presidential election, and we hold that acting President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States,” the Texas party said in a resolution, passed in a voice vote at its convention.
Texas is a major player in U.S. national politics, with 38 electoral votes, the second highest after California. Voters in Texas have backed Republican presidents for the past 40 years.
According to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, about two-thirds of Republicans believe the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump.
State and federal judges dismissed more than 50 lawsuits brought by Trump and his allies challenging the election while reviews and audits found no evidence of widespread fraud.
One of the proposed principles in the latest Texas Republican party platform also includes new language criticizing homosexuality and voicing opposition to “all efforts to validate transgender identity.”
“Homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice,” it reads, a statement that is not in the Texas Gop.2020 platform.