After Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, he raged about the loss, denying it, trying to have it overturned or altered, and lashing out at everyone he blamed for the loss. Among other things, he declared that the election had been rigged in Georgia, where the stakes were still high with a Senate Special Election to be held in January.
In the weeks between Trump’s election loss in November of 2020, and the Senate elections in Georgia in January 2021 — which would determine which party held control over the Senate under the new Presidential Administration — Trump took aim at Georgia. He declared that the election had been mishandled or even stolen, and that Republican voters could not have enough trust in the system to cast votes in the Senate election.
Some of his supporters were even more vocal, openly saying that voters should not participate in the special elections unless and until something was done to alter the outcome of the race they believed had been rigged.
Ultimately, the outcome was that both Democratic candidates won their races, giving the left control of the Senate (with VP Kamala Harris as the tiebreaking vote) as well as the House and presidency.
In a new book by David Drucker, an interview with Trump demonstrates that he knew what he was doing — and he admits it was done out of anger at his party.
WHEN I INTERVIEWED TRUMP for #InTrumpsShadow, I asked about the role he played in the outcome of two #GASEN specials on 1/5. He didn’t shy away from trouble he caused his party. A little twexcerpt 👇 https://t.co/VJNPUmWX1d & @indiebound pic.twitter.com/RnY9ymnczH
— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) October 19, 2021
In the brief excerpt, Trump is asked whether the outcome would have been the same if he had encouraged Republicans to vote in the Senate elections and assured them their votes would be securely counted.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I did two rallies — very successful rallies. I did say a version of that, but not as strongly as you said, because I was angry with what happened there.”
Trump has recently begun suggesting the same for future elections, declaring that Republicans won’t vote in 2022 or 2024 unless the problems he falsely claims happened in 2020 are addressed.
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