In a surprising, if perhaps unintentional, admission, former President Donald Trump explained Saturday that the Republican Party lost two Senate races in Georgia, and its majority in the Senate, when Republican voters stayed away from the polls because they felt discouraged by their complaints of “fraudulent manipulation.” “Presidential election.
It was exactly the scenario that mainstream Republicans feared – that Trump would so undermine faith in the American voting system that Trump’s Republican supporters, who were the most likely to believe his inaccurate claims of a rigged election, wouldn’t bother to vote in. elections to the Senate. in Georgia, two months after American voters elected Joe Biden as president.
“What happened is that we had two senators running, a couple of months later, and you know what happened to them?” Trump said at a rally in Phoenix. “The Republicans said, ‘We won’t go out to vote, because this was equipped“This election was rigged,” he said, repeating his own claims about the election.
There is absolutely no evidence of fraud in the presidential elections.
Democrats Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock won both Senate seats in January. That loss cost the Republican Party its control of the United States Senate.
Late last year, before the Georgia vote, former state senator Chuck Clay warned Republican faithful about Trump’s conspiracy theories: “We have to control ourselves, people. What we cannot have is this sense of conspiratorial insanity I think that certainly hurts the body politic, and I don’t think it helps our candidates. “
Republican pollster and strategist Frank Luntz warned last November: If Trump “continues to disappoint voters … by saying that the elections were rigged and that your vote does not matter, this could have serious consequences for the administration trying to keep those two [Georgia Senate] Republican seats “.
Trump’s critics noted on Twitter that the admission again revealed what everyone knows about Trump: He would eagerly sacrifice his party to ease his ego and serve his own interests.
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