Hogan Gidley Contradicts Trump After President Attacks Georgia Elections
Hogan Gidley, press secretary for Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, is publicly contradicting the President with regard to the Georgia Senate runoffs. While Trump is working to discredit the election process, Gidley says that Republicans should not boycott the election and think they’re “owning the libs.”
Some prominent Trump supporters have called on Georgians to boycott the January elections unless processes are put in place that they claim would alter the outcome of the 2020 presidential race. The president himself has amplified these notions and added his own thoughts, pushing debunked conspiracy theories and insisting that the two Republican Senate candidates who are on the ballot in January can’t win unless the state somehow goes back and implements additional signature verification procedures in the election that took place in November.
….@sendavidperdue will not be able to win on January 5th. unless these people allow Signature Verification in presidential race. K & D need it for their race also, & Georgia spirit will rise to such a high that they will easily bring home a great victory. Move fast @BrianKempGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2020
Republican leadership is reportedly very concerned that these efforts on Trump’s behalf could result in lowered GOP turnout for the election, and they’ve been working to counter the message.
J. Hogan Gidley, currently the press secretary for Trump’s re-election campaign, tweeted Tuesday to respond to Republicans who hope to send a message to the establishment by choosing not to vote in the January runoffs. That’s no way to “own the libs,” he warned.
“Owning the libs” does NOT include handing them two Senate seats.
— J. Hogan Gidley (@JHoganGidley) December 22, 2020
The outcome of these two elections will determine whether President-Elect Joe Biden takes office with a Democrat majority in both the House and Senate, or goes forward with Mitch McConnell leading a Republican-majority Senate, so GOP leadership is focusing closely right now on these races, and fighting to keep the president’s rhetoric from helping turn the Senate blue.