In that vein, Trump issued a statement Wednesday, “If we don’t solve the 2020 presidential voter fraud (which we have documented extensively and conclusively), Republicans will not vote in ’22 or ’24. It is the most important thing for Republicans to do.
Just a Quick Fact Check: Exactly no systemic fraud has been documented after more than 60 courthouse visits and dozens of recounts in multiple swing states. Even Arizona’s pro-Trump, partisan-driven mock audit failed on the fraud front.
Anyway, so as not to distract from the The forward-looking message of the GOP of positivity towards 2022 and all the political solutions that the Republicans have proposed to move the country forward. (Honest question: Has anyone heard a single Republican come up with a single policy to support their mysterious view of America?)
So back to Trump’s threat to mark the enthusiasm of GOP voters and their mid-term non-participation – this is Republicans’ worst fear coming true. This is the scenario where they make a deal with the devil and then the devil kisses them, going away with their souls without offering anything in return. According to Trump’s statement, this is exactly the deal the Republicans signed.
The enthusiasm expressed by the House GOP campaign chairman in response to Trump’s statement speaks volumes.
“He’s a private citizen and he’s entitled to his own opinion,” said Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota, chairman of the Congressional Republican National Committee, when asked about Trump’s continued obsession with the 2020 election.
But it’s important to note here that the statement issued by Trump isn’t just a GOP messaging issue, it’s a strategy issue. It’s entirely possible – and some might argue, probable – that Trump is right. A group of his constituents do not seem interested in an election where Trump is not the focal point (i.e. on the ballot).
This has been proven in multiple elections, including gubernatorial races in Kansas (2019) and Louisiana (2020) where Trump begged his supporters to only run to watch the Democrats win.
And then there’s Georgia’s second round in January, where Republicans made almost the exact same bet they made in the 2022 cycle – they kept loser Trump close to him, hoping to keep his voters engaged even if he complained about 2020 and the failure of the Georgia GOP to reverse the results. We all know what happened there: Two Democrats replaced two sitting GOP senators. Corn Why what happened is what really matters.
Following an analysis of the voting files, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote in February:
Control of the US Senate was at stake, but many Georgia Republicans – at least some deterred by the loss of Donald Trump – stayed at home rather than voting in the January second round.
Their absence from the polls helped tip Georgia and the Senate to Democrats.
More than 752,000 Georgian voters who voted in the presidential election did not stand for the second round just two months later …
Democratic voters were also energized by Biden’s victory, but the point for the purposes of this article is Trump’s dismal effect on GOP voters.
Trump is now promising another performance next year if Republicans fail to find a way to “solve” the non-existent 2020 voter fraud and call off the election. So Trump is now condemning Republicans to do something they cannot do.
Republicans in leadership positions can now expect to be repeatedly asked about Trump’s statement and the claim he made about a depressed turnout. Trump’s statement actually goes beyond the “theft” narrative, prompting questions about the type of action Republicans plan to take. Now it’s a two-part test for GOP lawmakers: Do you support Trump’s fabricated “fraud” lies, and what are you going to do about it?
And sure, Republicans can show off, but at the end of the day, they can’t squat other than moan about Trump’s loss of the election. It doesn’t seem more likely to get Trump voters excited than the Georgia Senate votes have them excited after Trump spent two months lambasting the state’s top GOP officials.
At the same time, being constantly brought down to questions about an alleged fraud that has never been proven is not exactly the focal point that is likely to appeal to former Republican voters who rejected Trump at the polls. .
Put simply, Republicans have no way of expressing enough anger in 2020 to keep the Trumpers happy while attracting suburban voters who defected from the GOP in 2018 and 2020. High propensity voters.