President Donald Trump’s lies about the election being stolen from him are having an unintended consequence: There are now members of his base who are advocating for Republicans not to vote in the Georgia runoff for two vital Senate seats.
Democrats can take control of the US Senate if both Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff defeat Republican incumbent Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in the upcoming runoffs. But Trump has been hurting his party’s cause by attacking two state Republican officials — Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican Trump has demeaned as a “RINO,” or Republican in name only — for their supposed involvement in a far-fetched scheme to throw the state’s presidential election for Joe Biden. (In reality, both Raffensperger and Kemp are Trump supporters.)
Lies can go in any direction. Isn’t that cool?!
My favorite detail, my emphasis:
It should be noted that some of these efforts are remarkably half-baked. The Stone-affiliated PAC, for instance, is encouraging Trump fans to write in Trump’s name, even though the Georgia runoff ballot doesn’t allow for write-ins. But considering how close the Warnock-Loeffler and Perdue-Ossoff races are expected to be, demoralizing even a fraction of the Republican electorate could swing the crucial races for Democrats.
Next up: COVID-19 vaccines.
Will the possibility of Trump being seen as the savior of Americans suffering from the coronavirus (in the eyes of Trumpers) be undone by Republican conspiracy theorists who believe the government has an malicious, alterior motive for vaccinating people?
I’d love to see a Venn diagram of the overlap between conspiracy theorists who believe the election was rigged and conspiracy theorists who are anti-vaxxers.