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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, a former Republican turned TDS-afflicted Democrat, believes President Donald Trump and his most die-hard congressional supporters, including Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, deserve the blame for the Republicans’ devastating defeat in Georgia,.
As of early Wednesday morning, the race against incumbent Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler had been called against her, while the race against incumbent Georgia Sen. Perdue was leaning “very likely” against him. Chances were therefore high that Democrats were on the verge of securing control of the entire government, from the White House to the House and now the Senate.
Speaking on MSNBC’s Morning Joe early Wednesday morning, Scarborough bluntly accused Trump, Hawley, and Cruz of engineering the Republicans’ defeat, arguing that their embrace of “crazy” theories about election fraud were responsible for the GOP’s low turnout.
“Mitch McConnell has been concerned that the craziness we’ve been reporting on every day coming from Josh Hawley, who now has on his resume [the] guy that helped make Chuck Schumer majority leader of the United States Senate, most likely. Ted Cruz also contributed mightily to Chuck Schumer being in a position to be majority leader of the United States Senate,” Scarborough said.
How did they contribute? By supposedly letting Trump have “his way.”
“Some Republicans, like Mitch McConnell, were very concerned that this is exactly what could happen if Donald Trump had his way. Well, it’s happened,” the MSNBC host maintained.
“It looks like Donald Trump is going to flip that Senate to Chuck Schumer, and it will be Donald Trump and Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz responsible for making Bernie Sanders the chairman of the Budget Committee.”
Scarborough’s guest, Associated Press White House “reporter” Jonathan Lemire, agreed.
“There have been Republicans who have been nervous for weeks about the impact that [Trump] would have on this race, that he was doing far more harm than good and it seems clear that is what is happening,” he said.
Listen to the discussion below:
The so-called “craziness” that Scarborough complained about were otherwise legitimate arguments that an audit should be conducted of the 2020 presidential election on account of all the irregularities, impropriety, and alleged fraud that’s been uncovered.
In a public statement released this past weekend, Cruz and a slew of other prominent Senate Republicans announced that they intend to challenge the official counting of ballots on Jan. 6th and demand that a 10-day delay of the electoral-vote count is conducted first. They also noted that an audit wouldn’t be unprecedented.
“The most direct precedent on this question arose in 1877, following serious allegations of fraud and illegal conduct in the Hayes-Tilden presidential race. Specifically, the elections in three states-Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina-were alleged to have been conducted illegally,” they noted.
“In 1877, Congress did not ignore those allegations, nor did the media simply dismiss those raising them as radicals trying to undermine democracy. Instead, Congress appointed an Electoral Commission consisting of five Senators, five House Members, and five Supreme Court Justices-to consider and resolve the disputed returns.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 2, 2021
Hawley also intends to challenge the official counting of ballots.
“Millions of voters concerned about election integrity deserve to be heard. I will object on January 6 on their behalf,” the senator announced via social media last week.
The president meanwhile, has repeatedly urged Vice President Mike Pence, who’s slated to play an integral role in the official counting of ballots, to disrupt the process by refusing to declare a final winner unless an audit is conducted.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) January 6, 2021
Critics like Scarborough believe these efforts by the likes of Cruz, Hawley, and Trump to delay the election, coupled with the president’s fierce criticisms of Georgia officials, led Georgia Republicans to believe that there would be no point in voting in Tuesday’s runoff elections.
They also believe it didn’t help when the president preemptively declared the Senate runoff elections “illegal and invalid.”
“[T]he Georgia Consent Decree is Unconstitutional & the State 2020 Presidential Election is, therefore, both illegal and invalid, and that would include the two current Senatorial Elections,” the president tweeted on Jan. 1st.
However, though the president was and remains very critical of both the 2020 election and the Georgia runoffs, he never told Georgia Republicans not to vote on Jan. 6th.
If anything, he repeatedly stressed to them the importance of them voting:
As badly as we were treated in Georgia by the “Republican” Governor and “Republican” Secretary of State, we must have a massive victory for two great people, @KLoeffler & @sendavidperdue, on January 5th. I will be having a big Rally for them on Monday night, January 4th. WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2020
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2020
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2021
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2021
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