President Donald Trump said Thursday he was traveling to Georgia to campaign for Republican Senate outgoing candidates as his supporters threatened a boycott of the upcoming election.
“I’m going there about Georgia,” Trump told reporters after speaking to members of the U.S. service in a teleconference on Thanksgiving Day, “Maybe I’ll leave twice.” He noted that he wanted to encourage support for Republican office Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in a stadium, but “it can’t be, because of COVID.”
White House spokesman Judd Deere has confirmed that Trump will visit Georgia on December 5th.
Meanwhile, several pro-Trump Republicans have turned to Parler, the “free speech” social media network, to deter members of their own party from voting. Some users cited conspiracy theory over “fake” voting machines to call for a boycott of the upcoming Georgian election in a move that threatens Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to curb incoming President Joe Biden.
“Don’t vote! Don’t be part of corruption,” reads a post according to a screenshot shared by journalist Marcus Baram.
Another post read: “DO NOT VOTE IN GEORGIA RUNOFFS, THE DEEP STATES HAVE INFORMATION FOR EVERYONE. This is a guarantee that means identifying people who do not vote for a Democrat. Stay home. The OSSOFF and the warning are small price. . “
The two Georgian election votes, which began with an early vote beginning on January 5 and December 14, determine Senate control and Biden’s ability to advance his “very progressive” agenda. Democrats who run the House by a small majority must win both seats 50-50.
Vice President Kamala Harris could then overturn the tie in the House of Commons if Biden is inaugurated on January 20th. If Republicans retain a majority, Loeffler or Perdue must have an advantage over Respect for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. in the Senate.
The boycott calls initiated by Trump supporters appear to have been inspired by the president, who in recent weeks claimed without evidence that “fraudulent” elections and widespread voter fraud caused Biden’s loss.
“ONLY LISTENING TO OUR VOICES is when the vote #boycotted,” one Trump-party voter wrote about Parler.
Biden won 306 voter college votes, exceeding the 270 needed to win, but Trump has yet to accept it. With 232 votes in the Electoral College, the president has filed nearly three dozen lawsuits in key states to have his defeat destroyed. The lawsuits have so far been largely unsuccessful.
Trump went one step closer to being allowed and confirmed Thursday he would leave the White House if the Electoral College certifies Biden as the winner.
Newsweek he turned to the White House for more information.