Wild GOP election conspiracies could end up delivering a stinging backlash to Republicans. Because of their conspiracy theories, some GOP voters are considering boycotting crucial runoff elections in Georgia for a pair of Senate seats, Politico reports.
The runoff races Jan. 5 will determine which party controls the Senate.
According to ongoing conspiracy theories being gobbled up by some Make America Great Again disciples, the Republican candidates — Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Sen. David Perdue — are letting Georgia’s alleged electoral fraud slide. There’s absolutely no evidence of any fraud, nor is there proof that Perdue and Loeffler had anything to do with the nonexistent fraud.
But Georgia lawyer Lin Wood, who filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s presidential election results, asked last week why Loeffler and Perdue aren’t doing more to jettison election results (which got them to a runoff). He vowed he won’t vote in the Senate race unless something is done — and asked who else was with him.
Let’s speak truth about @SenLoeffler & @sendavidperdue.
Why are they doing little or nothing to support efforts by GA citizens to address unlawful election & need for @BrianKempGA to order special session of legislature?
If not fixed, I will NOT vote in GA runoff.
— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) November 21, 2020
The conspiracies are also being inflamed by attorney Sidney Powell, who recently claimed without evidence that Loeffler had somehow conspired with a voting technology company to suppress votes for Republican challenger Rep. Doug Collins. (Loeffler’s race is a runoff without Collins.)
Powell was initially described as a key member of Trump’s legal “strike force” against the results of the presidential election. But last Sunday the campaign distanced itself from Powell after she baselessly claimed in a press conference that Venezuela, Cuba, Antifa, George Soros, the Clinton Foundation and the late Hugo Chávez, among others, were responsible for rigging the election.
The current conspiracies are giving Republicans — like Donald Trump Jr. — the willies. He pleaded Monday in a tweet to “IGNORE” the claims, and the call to boycott the vote.
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.
We need ALL of our people coming out to vote for Kelly & David.#MAGA #GASEN
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 23, 2020
Some true GOP conspiracy believers — and clearly lots of Biden supporters — urged followers not to believe him.
Won't back the @GOP when 90% of them refuse to fight for your father who got them elected in the first place. Either the whole party comes together and fights this, or the party dies. Sick of cowards.
— a4xMining (@a4xMining) November 23, 2020
IGNORE DON JR. He's an agent of Hugo Chavez trying to bring down his father so he can run for President in 2024!
— Paul 👻 (@pablo_honey1) November 23, 2020
This makes ZERO sense. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are DEEP STATE and CANNOT BE TRUSTED.
True Patriots BOYCOTT the Georgia Runoffs.
— Jake and The Derg Win Georgia ⚖️💛🐝 (@JakeReif) November 23, 2020
“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 political strategist Alex Conant told Politico. If the Senate race is “about Trump and conspiracy theories, that only divides our party and emboldens Democrats,” he added.
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