President Donald Trump took to Twitter Friday morning to urge Georgia Republican voters to turn out and cast ballots for two U.S. Senate incumbents during their Jan. 5 run-off elections.
Trump was responding to a Newsmax report that said his supporters in Georgia were considering boycotting the election over anger at GOP Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger after they certified the Nov. 3 election for Democratic rival, Joe Biden, amid allegations of widespread vote fraud.
In his response, the president also said he was planning a trip to the state on Saturday to hold a rally for GOP incumbent Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.
“No, the 2020 Election was a total scam, we won by a lot (and will hopefully turn over the fraudulent result), but we must get out and help David and Kelly, two GREAT people. Otherwise we are playing right into the hands of some very sick people. I will be in Georgia on Saturday!” Trump wrote.
“So I’ll be going there Saturday night, and maybe I’ll go twice,” the president told reporters during a press conference after he spoke with U.S. military personnel overseas on Thanksgiving Day. “It’s very important that we win those races.”
To clarify, the White House has said that the president will be in Georgia next Saturday, Dec. 5.
“These are two great people, I know both very well,” Trump said, calling Perdue’s Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, a “lightweight” who “doesn’t deserve to be there.”
“The other one is either a communist or a socialist, I can’t figure that one out yet,” he said of Loeffler’s controversial Democratic opponent, Raphael Warnock, who is the pastor of an Atlanta-based church.
“This is not for Georgia. I just want to tell my people, don’t be disappointed yet, because this race is far from over,” the president added.
Newsmax cited a Politico report from Thursday claiming that the president’s repeated claims of vote fraud in Georgia have led many of his supporters to cast doubts on the process and thus are considering boycotting the elections in January.
“Their reason: The two GOP candidates, Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, are not only insufficiently pro-Trump, they may be complicit in Georgia’s electoral fraud,” Politico reported.
Last week, Georgia-based attorney Lin Wood said voters in Georgia will “threaten to withhold” their support of the GOP senators after he sent a message to Republican officials in the state who have not spoken out against the alleged vote fraud.
“I have learned in recent days that most members of @GaRepublicans are doing NOTHING to fight for their constituents votes for @realDonaldTrump. They have prematurely surrendered our state & nation to third party bad actors who are involved in a coup & tried to steal our election,” he tweeted on Saturday.
Wood has since filed legal action in Georgia challenging the election results while demanding that video and other evidence be turned over to him from a ballot-counting center in Atlanta.
Others criticized his suggestion that Georgia Republicans boycott the elections which, if Democrats win both and Biden is ultimately inaugurated, will give his party control over all of Congress and the White House.
“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 these people. We need ALL of our people coming out to vote for Kelly & David,” Donald Trump Jr. wrote Monday.
Added conservative attorney, pundit, and retired U.S. Army officer Kurt Schlichter: “Maybe supposed allies should stop encouraging our voter to take dumb and self-destructive positions. We all need to have zero tolerance for dipsh**s who tell people to refuse to vote.”
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