Despite accepting the loss of the White House against challenger Joe Biden according to his strongest tips to date, Donald Trump’s continued reluctance to resign and unfounded demands for election fraud are increasingly worrying his own party.
Republicans in particular are concerned that Trump’s position and false remarks about the conduct of the election could hamper his party’s efforts over the Senate.
Control of a key upper house in the U.S. Congress is in balance as the running races for the state’s two senate seats take place for the remainder of 2020, with elections scheduled for early January. If Democrats win these seats, they will seize the Senate, while if Republicans come out victorious, they will retain control and seriously hamper Biden’s agenda, including his ability to freely elect his cabinet.
Trump has challenged Georgia’s electoral system, despite being a Republican leader, after Biden turned the southern state to the Democrats for the first time since 1992.
On Thanksgiving – a day usually reserved for presidential commonplaces – Trump broke with tradition and reiterated these attacks on journalists with a rare confrontation these days. “I’m very worried about that,” Trump said when asked about his previous unfounded fraud claims in Georgia. – You have a fraudulent system. He then called Georgian Republican Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger, who defended the state’s election process, an “enemy of the people”.
Such attacks are worrying Republicans as they want to encourage Georgian voters to come to the polls in January, volunteer for Senate campaigns, and, perhaps most importantly, dig deep into their pockets to pay for unexpected run-off contests.
In particular, Trump’s remarks encouraged conspiracy theories that the state’s electoral system was frustrated and prompted some of his supporters to call for a boycott of the next vote – something Georgian Republicans desperately don’t want. “The demonization of Georgia’s entire electoral system is detrimental to his party’s chances of retaining the Senate,” an article published by Politico warned.
Even Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., jumped into the fight in tweets: “I see a lot of speeches that are supposedly standing on our side telling GOP voters not to go out and vote. IGNORE those people.
The president also promised to visit Georgia to hold rallies in support of the two Republican candidates, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. The first such event is expected to be on Saturday, December 5, and could be a double-edged sword. Trump continues to have loyal power, whose endorsement is one of the most important mobilizing tools in the competition. On the other hand, in his free-running rallies, Trump can throw out conspiracy theories that undermine their campaigns.
Certainly, Trump’s mood became more and more unusual, even as he gave the clearest signals that he would eventually leave the White House, which he had convincingly lost to both Biden, who was electing the next president, in both the referendum and the vital election college.
On Thanksgiving Day, Trump grimly said he was leaving the White House when Electoral College voted for Biden. So far, he has defied tradition by refusing to acknowledge defeat and has launched legal attempts to challenge the results of battlefield states, including Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan. So far, these efforts have largely failed.
Trump refused to say if he would attend Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, calling a journalist “lightweight,” and telling him, “Don’t talk to me like that.”
Trump continued to wander on Friday, making long retweets and tweets that made false claims about the election and his opponent. “Biden can only enter the White House as president if he can prove that his ridiculous‘ 80,000,000 votes ’were not obtained fraudulently or illegally,” he tweeted.
He even retweeted a video of a fight between a lion and a pack of attacking hyena, in which actor Christopher Walken recounted a film conversation from the film Poolhall Junkies. “That’s all the truth,” Trump remarked.
The Republican party shocked many observers by mostly continuing to cling to Trump and supporting his wild claims and legal efforts, even though the sunlight began to appear between some of the leading party figures and the White House.
“We will regularly move from this administration to the next,” Mitch McConnell, the majority leader of the Republican Senate, told reporters recently. “Honestly, it’s irrelevant what we all say about it.”