I suppose a terminally cynical and morose person could see it that way. (Is there a problem with wanting to win elections?)
When the federal government spurns its duty to secure our rights, the states are fully justified to step into the breech.
All governmental authority in our nation comes from the Constitution. When any entity acts outside of that authority, it ceases to have legitimacy, and simply becomes rule by force. A thugocracy with no legitimate authority.
I think I have it right.
This would mean nothing in the face of federal law upheld by a federal court.
The Dems in state legislatures nullified integration down South back around 1960 and we all know how that ended. It was a trick by politicians to get segregationist votes.