As President Joe Biden was being sworn into power Wednesday, the Texas attorney general was already pledging to confront the new administration’s “many unconstitutional and illegal actions.”
“Congrats, President Biden. On Inauguration Day, I wish our country the best,” Paxton said in a statement yesterday on Twitter. “I promise my fellow Texans and Americans that I will fight against the many unconstitutional and illegal actions that the new administration will take, challenge federal overreach that infringes on Texans’ rights, and serve as a major check against the administration’s lawlessness. Texas First! Law & Order always!”
Paxton tweeted his statement just hours before Biden entered the Oval Office and signed a slew of 17 executive orders, overturning several Trump policies. Among other actions, Biden stopped federal funding for the border wall construction, dragged the United States back into the controversial Paris climate accord, cancelled the Keystone XL Pipeline, and has promised to remove Trump’s increased protections for preborn babies and force citizens to pay for abortions.
In addition to Paxton promising to fight the federal government’s coming “lawlessness,” last week he began confronting Big Tech companies, issuing civil investigative demands to Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Google, and Amazon Web Services for their censorship policies and recent termination of social media application Parler.
During the Obama presidency, Texas led the nation in suing the federal government, leading 21 multistate lawsuits against the administration.
With Biden’s first-day actions—and Paxton’s statement—the fight for constitutional governance is set to continue.