Donald Trump Jr. helpers launch super PAC as Georgia worries rise

Older Republicans are concerned that Donald Trump’s accusations of widespread voter fraud in Georgia and other countries, which he has not substantiated, have the unintended side effect of deterring his voters from participating in the runoff.

The idea of ​​a boycott recently caught fire on the internet, where Trump supporters accused Georgian Republican senators of electing them, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, for not doing enough to interfere in the state’s vote count. The hashtags #CrookedKelly and #CrookedPerdue have started appearing on social media, and some Trump supporters have called voters to write in the president’s name.

Super PAC organizers hope to put an end to such speech.

“There must be a critical role to play in both processes of the Georgian Senate: the rejection of the Trump vote. We know from past halves and special elections that the Trump voter is not guaranteed for all Republican candidates, so it’s vital that we involve these voters directly and don’t take them for granted, ”said Andy Surabian, an advisor to Donald Trump Jr. who helps in the management of the new super PAC.

“To that end, we are launching an aggressive campaign in support of the two Republican candidates, with a focus on boosting and appointing Trump supporters, using Donald Trump Jr.’s television, radio and digital ads,” Surabian added.

With just over a month to go, the party leaders are competing to solve the problem. During Saturday’s appearance in Gaetta, Marietta, Ronna McDaniel, chairman of the Republican National Committee, went back and forth with Trump’s supporters, who told her they saw little reason to vote in January because they thought the races were already “decided”. for the benefit of the Democrats.

According to CNN, McDaniel responded that “this is not the decision. That’s the key – they haven’t decided. ”

“If you lose your faith and you don’t vote and people leave – it will decide,” McDaniel added, saying “we need to focus on January 5th now” and address concerns about voter fraud later.

Other members of Trump’s inner circle also sounded the alarm. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and former Georgian governor have privately expressed concerns that continued attention to voter fraud could stifle participation, a person with a mindset said.

The president himself tried to curb the growing boycott movement. Trump announced on Twitter earlier this week that he would be campaigning in Georgia on December 5th.

“No, the 2020 election was a complete scam, we won a lot (and hopefully reverse the fraudulent outcome), but we have to get out and help David and Kelly, two BIG people. Otherwise, we are playing into the hands of very sick people. ” wrote.

But the president has repeatedly subjugated his message, after Georgian Governor Brian Kemp and Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger, who have been accused of failing to promote electoral fraud theories. During a Sunday morning appearance at Fox Business, the president said Kemp “did nothing” and was “ashamed” of supporting the governor in the 2018 election. (Trump also approved Raffensperger in 2018.)

Lawyers supporting Trump also encouraged a boycott push. Georgia-based lawyer Lin Wood has repeatedly persuaded Loeffler and David Perdue on Twitter, and recently called on Trump supporters to “threaten to withhold votes and money” until senators become louder about voter fraud.

Trump has been asked by several party leaders to visit Georgia, where polls show Republicans are in close competition with Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. David Perdue encouraged the president to campaign sooner or later and played a key role in gaining the commitment, say two people familiar with the discussions.

But Trump’s helpers said the president needed little persuasion. Georgia, they point out, is one of the few states where both senators have close ties to the president.