As President Trump intensifies his election rhetoric, we can witness severe Republican and inter-Republican violence.
Not the fistuffs kind, though some of Trump’s allied rhetoric resorted to violent images. As for verbal warfare, a still very popular president in his party has committed himself to reporting to Republican comrades who do not welcome his command when it comes to the contested elections.
Trump’s own attorney general, Bill Barr, essentially broke up with the president yesterday. A lifelong Republican who also held the post, led by senior George Bush, Barr told the AP that his investigators didn’t find much. “To date, we have not seen any level of fraud that could have affected the different outcome of the election,” he said.
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Trump’s attorneys responded with a “all due respect” statement that the DOJ did not listen to the witnesses found, did not issue subpoenas, and did not audit voting machines. “The Department of Justice investigation was not visible,” said Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis.
Barr later visited the White House for a previously scheduled Trump meeting. It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that Barr, who has been so often criticized for Trump’s political water, didn’t want to further increase his reputation with false claims.
Trump was, of course, an outsider who beat 16 standard-issued Republicans and took over the GOP virtually hostile. He doesn’t feel particularly loyal to party orthodoxy, and according to his history, he has rejected those he doesn’t like, from his own appointees, such as Jeff Sessions, to congressional critics like Jeff Flake and Ben Sasse.
And by reinforcing allegations that Joe Biden stole the election, his latest fundraisers have brought in $ 170 million, much of which the PAC can use to fund its future activities.
For the past four years, most Republican politicians have avoided criticizing Trump, even after contradictory comments or actions, knowing full well that he can knock them down with the support of the primary challenger. They regularly answered questions from journalists, said they didn’t know the thing, or just listened.
But the election put Republican government officials in a box. They had to choose between supporting the president’s unproven allegations of fraud and doing their job. They are legally obliged to justify their choice of state unless there is evidence of widespread fraud and silence is not possible.
Trump’s latest high-profile target is Brian Kemp, the Republican governor of Georgia whom the president now “is ashamed” to say he supports.
Kemp’s sin? He defended his state’s election machinery and Biden’s victory with more than 12,000 votes.
Trump tweeted yesterday, “Do something Brian Kemp. You let them cheat on your state. We need to verify the signatures and count the signed envelopes with the ballot papers. Then call the selection. You won’t need it. We all win! “
The president here argues that Kemp should cancel the two running races that decide on the leadership of the senate. If the Democrats can somehow defeat Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in January, they will lead the chamber.
According to Trump, there is no need for drains because the alleged fraud that allegedly gets him into the state would win enough difference for Loeffler and Perdue as well. Some Georgian Republicans are openly concerned that Trump’s attacks on the state’s vote count are forcing enough of their voters to stay home to hand over seats to Democrats.
Kemp is not the only Georgian who feels Trump’s anger. He struck Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who is also a Republican, for not finding significant electoral fraud, despite his hand being recounted in the state.
Raffensperger, who made deadly threats, explicitly told reporters that he had investigated such allegations, but the “unfair actors” are not telling the truth.
“There are those who exploit the emotions of many Trump supporters with fantastic statements, half-truths, misinformation, and, frankly, are clearly misleading the president as well,” Raffensperger said.
Trump demanded that the “unfortunate” governor use his emergency powers to override Raffensperger, saying, “Make it! Kemp says he has no such authority.
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Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey has also become one of Trump’s main targets. “We’re doing the election well here in Arizona,” Ducey said Monday when he signed proof of his victory in Biden’s state.
Unsurprisingly, the President disagrees. “We win this,” Trump says. “Arizona won’t forget what Ducey just did.”
In fact, Trump summoned a Phoenix event with GOP representatives during the day and called the national election the “biggest scam ever committed against our country.”
POTUS also complained on Twitter that Ducey “is rushing to get a Democrat in office, especially when so many horrible things turn out to be voter fraud”. This was an indication that the governor was promoting the early oath of ex-astronaut Mark Kelly, which would give him a slight advantage in the Senate.
There was a scene where Ducey confirmed the Biden victory that could have been taken from a movie. When the governor spoke to reporters, his cell phone spoke with a special ringtone, “Greetings to the boss”. President Trump called. Ducey continued to speak, ignoring the call.