Despite his strong hints thus far that he will accept his White House loss to rival Joe Biden, Donald Trump’s continued reluctance to leave office and unfounded allegations of election fraud are increasingly worrying his party.
In particular, Republicans are alarmed by the chaos caused by Trump’s stance and his false statements about the conduct of the election in the main swing state. GeorgiaWhat Biden won over the Democrats, could hinder his party’s efforts to maintain control of the Senate.
Control of the main upper house of the US Congress hangs in the balance as run-off races for two state seats in the Senate are taking place for the remainder of 2020, with elections taking place in early January. If the Democrats won these seats, they would win the Senate while if the Republicans emerged victorious, they would retain control and could seriously hamper Biden’s agenda, including his ability to freely choose his government.
Trump attacked Georgia’s election system, even though it is headed by Republicans, after Biden overthrew the Southern Democratic state for the first time since 1992.
On Thanksgiving – a day usually reserved for presidential trifles – Trump broke tradition and repeated those attacks in a now rare confrontation with journalists. “I’m very concerned about that,” Trump said when asked about his previous unfounded allegations of fraud in Georgia. “You have a fraudulent system.” Then he described Georgia’s Republican Foreign Minister, Brad Ravensberger, who had championed the state’s electoral process, as “an enemy of the people.”
Such attacks have alarmed Republicans as they seek to motivate Georgia’s voters to come to the polls in January, volunteer their campaigns in the Senate, and perhaps most of all – dig deep into their pockets to pay for unexpected run-offs.
Trump’s comments in particular have spurred conspiracy theories that the state’s electoral system is rigged and prompted some of his supporters to call for a boycott of the upcoming elections – something that local Republicans do not want so badly. And an article in Politico newspaper warned that “his demonization of the entire electoral system of Georgia harms his party’s chances of maintaining the Senate.”
Even Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., got into the fray and tweeted it: “I see a lot of talk from people who are supposed to be by our side telling the Republican voters not to go out and vote … It makes no sense. Ignore these people.”
The president also pledged to visit Georgia to hold rallies in support of the Republican candidates, Kelly Loeffler and David Purdue. The first of these events is expected to take place on Saturday 5 December and could be a double-edged sword. Trump remains a powerful force with a loyal following whose endorsement is a major mobilizing tool for the race. On the one hand, in his free rallies, Trump may vocalize the conspiracy theories that undermine their campaigns.
Sure enough, Trump’s mood became increasingly volatile even after he made The clearest signs so far He would eventually leave the White House, which he lost convincingly to Biden in both the popular vote and the vital electoral college that actually picks the next president.
On Thanksgiving Day, Trump said angrily that he would leave the White House when Biden’s electoral college voted. He has challenged tradition thus far by refusing to admit defeat and launching legal attempts to challenge outcomes in battlefield nations including Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan. So far, these efforts have largely failed.
Trump declined to say whether he would attend Biden’s inauguration, which is scheduled for January 20, and described a reporter as “lightweight,” telling him, “Don’t talk to me that way.”
Trump continued his wild rhetoric on Friday, releasing a long series of tweets and tweets containing incorrect allegations about the election and his opponent. “Biden can only enter the White House as president if he can prove that the ridiculous” 80 million votes “were not obtained fraudulently or illegally, he wrote on Twitter.
He even retweeted a video of a fight between a lion and a group of attacking hyenas, on which he narrated a clip from the film’s dialogue by actor Christopher Walken, taken from the movie Poolhall Junkies. Trump commented, “There is a lot of truth.”
The Republican Party shocked many observers by continuing to mostly hold fast to Trump and support his wild claims and legal efforts, even though daylight began to appear among some of the party’s high-profile figures and the White House.
“We will have an orderly transition from this administration to the next,” Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader in the Senate, told reporters recently. “What we’re all saying about him is, frankly, irrelevant.”