Trump Claims GOP Will Not Vote 'in '22 and '24' Due to Election Fraud and Everyone Had the Same Response
It's been nearly a year since former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election to now-President Joe Biden, which means it's been nearly a year since Trump and his allies began broadcasting the delusion that victory was "stolen" from Trump through Democrats engaging in widespread election fraud.
Trump's election fantasies wreaked havoc on the nation, using lies to erode public trust in American elections, culminating in a deadly failed insurrection against the United States Capitol.
Yet an unignorable number of Republican elected officials have entertained or outright embraced these election delusions, and in some ways, it's beginning to backfire.
Back in January, as Trump ramped up his campaign against the legitimacy of American democracy ahead of the joint congressional session certifying Biden's victory, the runoff elections for two U.S. Senate seats in Georgia were set to occur. Sure enough, both seats went blue.
Make no mistake, this was possible due to Black voting rights advocates in Georgia mobilizing Democratic turnout at unprecedented levels, but also because 752,000 Georgia Republican voters who cast ballots in the November 3rd election between Trump and Biden stayed home in the Senate races.
This was after Trump had publicly slammed Georgia Republican governor Brian Kemp and Republican secretary of state Brad Raffensperger for not doing enough to overturn the results of Georgia's presidential election results. It was also after pro-Trump extremists like Lin Wood told Republicans not to vote in a "rigged election."
Now, Trump—still the most beloved figure among Republican voters—is threatening to do it again, saying in a statement:
"If we don't solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in '22 and '24. It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do."
In other words, if Republicans don't overturn the 2020 election results to deliver Trump a victory, the party's voters will stay home in the midterms and the 2024 presidential election.
With Democrats facing grim prospects in the midterms, Trump's critics predictably had no problem with this.
Trumps latest statement, and it is a doozy, basically warns the GOP to somehow overturn the last presidential elect… https://t.co/pKvfyeRDas— Algernon Blackwood (@Algernon Blackwood) 1634167626.0
How to destroy the Republican Party - Tell Republican voters not to vote based upon a hoax. From a guy who's been a… https://t.co/4Pnw1bWwBZ— Paul "nothing but trouble" Boyer (@Paul "nothing but trouble" Boyer) 1634186624.0
Oh god don't do this we will be so owned oh god https://t.co/WZczBYwiJV— Max 🥰🏳️🌈 (@Max 🥰🏳️🌈) 1634158325.0
Here it is straight from their cult leader via his spokesperson: "Republicans will not be voting in '22 or '24" !… https://t.co/mm9opocXsF— ReneeGA21 🌎🌊 (@ReneeGA21 🌎🌊) 1634160581.0
Others surmised that Trump was merely encouraging Republican state legislatures to pass more voter suppression laws, while some warned this path could result in flipped red states like Georgia.
I have seen a lot of people freaking out about this. Trump is doing this so election reform can take place at state… https://t.co/GJAuGvQMZo— The Calvin Coolidge Project (@The Calvin Coolidge Project) 1634161896.0
This is dumb and counterproductive, assuming you want to be productive. Intentional or not, this attitude and loose… https://t.co/X6fwUP1aDA— Derek Hunter (@Derek Hunter) 1634171619.0
He's literally just warning republicans to do what some of the base wants (voter ID and other reforms) or things wi… https://t.co/vqXqbyHXW8— Real Nixon Politics (@Real Nixon Politics) 1634165881.0
This statement may be the worst thing Trump’s done since he sabotaged the Georgia runoffs, and that’s saying a lot… https://t.co/eFpJirEu3t— Mike Lee Fan (@Mike Lee Fan) 1634158885.0
We won't know for sure until November of next year.