Republicans are increasingly worried that President Donald Trump’s baseless attacks on the Georgia election will hurt the party’s chances in the upcoming Senate runoffs, Politico reports.
Trump and his allies have pushed unfounded and increasingly bizarre allegations casting doubt on the results of the election in the state and his supporters have lashed out at Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue for not backing Trump aggressively enough even though they have vocally supported his attacks on the state’s electoral system.
Now, some supporters are threatening to boycott the runoffs over their complaints about the senators.
Some Republicans are worried this will hurt their chances while downplayed the effort.
“Whenever you have a close election, any distraction can be decisive, and by all accounts, the runoffs in Georgia are going to be close, just like they were in November,” Republican strategist Alex Conant told Politico. “I think Republicans need to focus the runoffs squarely on stopping Joe Biden's agenda. If it's about Trump and conspiracy theories, that only divides our party and emboldens Democrats.”
Push to boycott:
Trump supporters on Twitter and Parler have increasingly pushed “#CrookedPerdue” and “#CrookedKelly” hashtags to attack the Republicans.
Trumpworld attorney Sidney Powell has also cast allegations against Republicans in the state as she baselessly claims voting machines switched votes from Trump to Biden without any evidence.
Some supporters have even called on “everyone to write in Donald J. Trump” even though runoffs don’t have a write-in option to ensure that the winner gets at least 50% of the vote.
Trumps play cleanup:
Trump on Thursday vowed to campaign for Perdue and Loeffler next month.
Donald Trump Jr. also tried to dissuade supporters from jumping on the boycott bandwagon.
“I’m seeing a lot of talk from people that are supposed to be on our side telling GOP voters not to go out & vote for @KLoeffler and @Perduesenate. That is NONSENSE. IGNORE those people,” he tweeted.