Trump's Pick for U.S. Senate Just Threw Him Under the Bus Over His Comments About Republicans Voting
Former President Donald Trump is considered a kingmaker of the Republican party, but rather than strategy or electability, Trump focuses on loyalty.
He's frequently revoked or admitted regretting endorsements of those who crossed him. For instance, Trump lamented his endorsement of current Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp for not overturning the results of Georgia's presidential election, as Trump requested.
Also in Georgia, conservative ex-football player Herschel Walker recently announced his bid for Georgia's seat in the United States Senate. Trump gave Walker his wholehearted endorsement.
In a statement last week, Trump warned that conservative voters would sit out in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential election if congressional Republicans didn't properly investigate the delusional conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was "stolen" from him.
"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 or '24. It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do."
Likely fearing a diminished conservative turnout, Walker warned against Trump's mindset, urging Republicans to vote whether they believe Trump's lies about the 2020 election or not.
When asked about Trump's comments in a radio interview with Fox News' Brian Kilmeade, Walker said:
"I think everyone's got to get out and vote. You know, we can't look at the past. We can't continue to look at the past."
It's unclear if Trump will consider the gentle criticisms enough of a betrayal to revoke his endorsement of Walker.
That hasn't stopped people from mocking the man who demands unconditional loyalty.
It's only been 9 months and the guy he pushed to run in Georgia is challenging what he says while the candidate he… https://t.co/kc7jb0UR7v— Carl Paulus (@Carl Paulus) 1634650335.0
@kilmeade @HerschelWalker @foxnewsradio Trump says not to vote. 3/4 of the Republican rank and file are still on th… https://t.co/gzoY1UipiZ— Fibognocchi (@Fibognocchi) 1634650570.0
@kilmeade @HerschelWalker @foxnewsradio Trump ? The guy who promised the wall ? Who let the pandemic slide? Who che… https://t.co/eIKGF8G4z4— Big Mac (@Big Mac) 1634647679.0
@kilmeade @HerschelWalker @foxnewsradio So what you're saying Is don't listen to the ramblings of that idiot trump 🤔— Buc Weisanheimer. (@Buc Weisanheimer.) 1634741717.0
That a Republican politician—even one as inexperienced as Walker—now seems astute for telling GOP voters to...vote?
Well, that's certainly an interesting development in the political landscape.
Somebody in Georgia please buy Walker a beer for me man. How does he have better political instincts than the forme… https://t.co/RZzJ1hxIe4— white hispanic race soldier (@white hispanic race soldier) 1634605679.0
That the prohibitive frontrunner for the R nomination in the biggest statewide race in GA next year saying “people… https://t.co/9sttU8U2NF— MA politics hater (@MA politics hater) 1634612331.0
Walker might be better at this politics thing than some of us, me included, gave him credit for. See how he does go… https://t.co/rAm1WZcYgR— Andrew Donaldson (@Andrew Donaldson) 1634647387.0
Others took Trump's side.
@kilmeade @HerschelWalker @foxnewsradio But Trumps right tho. I stopped donating to politicians 100% since last ele… https://t.co/jf8BWwlTq4— LisaAgain7 (@LisaAgain7) 1634599350.0
@kilmeade @HerschelWalker @foxnewsradio Trump has NOT said that people will note vote if we don't solve election fr… https://t.co/CO7NA56Apg— jejune2016 (@jejune2016) 1634610869.0
@kilmeade @HerschelWalker @foxnewsradio I like Herschel,but prez Trump is correct. If something isn’t done about th… https://t.co/LuFW0rHp81— tina finley (@tina finley) 1634596182.0
It won't be until 2022 that we know what Republican voters decide.