GOP Senators Won’t Turn Their Back on Trump Because They Need His Voters in Georgia
Donald Trump lost his reelection bid, that is not in doubt. Despite Joe Biden’s clear victory, few GOP senators are willing to acknowledge the win or even congratulate the former vice president. As of right now, only 4 Republican senators (Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Ben Sasse, Mitt Romney) have congratulated him.
Earlier today, Democratic senator Chris Coons said that his Republican colleagues have told him to congratulate Biden for them because they couldn’t do so at this time. And the reason is clear. According to multiple senators, the GOP needs Trump’s voters during Georgia’s upcoming special election, and won’t do anything to jeopardize that.
South Dakota senator John Thune told reporters this week, “We need his voters. And he has a tremendous following out there. Right now, he’s trying to get through the final stages of his election and determine the outcome there. But when that’s all said and done, however it comes out, we want him helping in Georgia.”
Texas senator John Cornyn echoed those comments, saying of Trump, “He’s got a vested interest in making sure we keep the majority.”
Another GOP senator, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Politico, “We have two races in Georgia and we don’t want people thinking: ‘Well shit, my vote doesn’t matter so why should I turn out?’ So we’re going to just hang on and be supportive where we can. That’s what our base needs to see. We know by Jan. 20, it’s gotta happen, the hammer’s going to fall. So if they’re going to file lawsuits, they better come up with evidence right away.”
The Georgia special election is set to take place on January 5th.